Species Overview

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Megaciella sp. 1 [of Lee].

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Thickly encrusting
Color: no information
Consistency: Firm; slightly compressible
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Deep water
Distribution: Central California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Contour: granular to verrucose. In larger specimens ridges separated by deep
Oscula:
Diameter: 1 - 4]- mm
Rims: flush with surface or sunk into furrows or on broad
Ectosome:
Architecture: Masses of Strongyles more or less parallel with surface; these penetrated by the tips of tracts.
Choanosome:
Architecture: Confused but with thick multispicular tracts of large Acanthostyles braced by single to few Acanthostyles. Tracts echinated by smaller Acanthostyles.
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 79 -(101|102)- 145 Ám
Width: 5 -9- 13 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 145 -(234|266)- 339 Ám
Width: 12 -15- 17 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Acanthostyles
Length: 321 -(339|374) - 412 Ám
Width: 19 -22- 24 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Strongyles - Subtylotes with microspined tips
Length: 164 -(216|218)-28 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Palmate Isochelae
Length: 16 -(20|21)- 25 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Toxa
Length: 7 -(85|119)- 193 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Toxa
Length: 8 -9- 13 Ám
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: Confused but with thick multispicular tracts of large Acanthostyles braced by single to few Acanthostyles. Tracts echinated by smaller Acanthostyles.