Species Overview

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Xestospongia sp. (Hartman, 1975) .

Synonyms:
Toxadocia sp. Hartman, 1975.

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting
Size_thickness: to 15 mm
Color_ Alive: Olive-beige; grey-brown; deep chrome-yellow
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal to subtidal
Distribution: Central California

CHARACTERS

Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Paucispicular tracts with horizontal cross-spicules
Oscula:
Diameter: 2--3 mm
Rims: sometimes on low mounds
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 88 -120- 134 m
Width: 3.4 - -9.5 m
Microsclere:
Shape: Toxas
Length: 35 -- 96 m