Species Overview

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Stelletta clarella de Laubenfels, 1930.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting to massive
Size_Thickness: 4 cm
Color_Alive: White or grey to dark brown
Consistency: spongy to cartilaginous
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal; Subtidal; Deep water
Distribution: Southern California to Northern California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: Superficially hispid
Ectosome:
Architecture: Cartilaginous cortex packed with clads of Dichotriaenes
Choanosome:
Architecture: Radiate
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Radiate
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: -1400- Ám
Width: -15- Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: -3500- Ám
Width: -50- Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Anatriaenes
Length-Rhabds: 1.10--2.00 mm
Width: 9--15 Ám
Length-Chords: 45 -- 90 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Orthotriaenes
Length-Rhabds: -2000- Ám
Width: -20- Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Plagiotriaenes
Length: -3000 - Ám
Width: -100- Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Dichotriaenes
Length-Chords: -Chords: 120 - Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Oxyasters
Length: 7 -- 15 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: irregular Oxyspherasters
Diameter: 3 -- 5 Ám