Species Overview

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Myxilla (Ectomyxilla) sp. 2 [of Lee].

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Encrusting;globular
Color_Alive: Buff
Consistency: Spongy and crumbly
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal
Distribution: Central California.

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: smooth in places to rugose
Oscula:
Shape: oval to irregular
Diameter: 2 -- 4 mm
Ectosome:
Architecture: Thick. Large canals just below surface. Specimen covered with epizoics which have penetrated surface making ectosome difficult to describe.
Choanosome:
Architecture: Loose reticulation and thick bundles of spicules with a dense overlay of random spicules.
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 104 -119- 133 Ám
Width: 4 -4.5- 5 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 188 -224- 253 Ám
Width: 5 -- 9 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Subtylotes- Tylotes
Length: 162 -181- 205 Ám
Width: 3 -4- 5 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anchorate Isochelae
Length: 19 -23- 27 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Anchorate Isochelae
Length: 30 -35- 41 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Sigmas
Length: 58 -67- 82 Ám
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Loose reticulation and thick bundles of spicules with a dense overlay of random spicules.