Species Overview

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Axinella sp. B Green & Bakus, 1994.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Irregular; robust
Size_thickness: 2 -- 8 mm
Color_Preserved: White to dirty white
Consistency: Firm; woody; prickly
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water
Depth: 54 -- 90 m
Distribution: Santa Maria Basin;Pt. Arguello; California.

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Contour: bundles of spicules visible with tips projecting from surface.
Oscula:
Visible: No pores or oscula visible.
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Plumose with condensed axis of oxeas.
Megasclere:
Shape: Oxeas
Length: 750 -1555- 2625 Ám
Width: 13 -32- 57 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Styles
Length: 750 -1062- 2000 Ám
Width: 21 -32- 49 Ám