Species Overview

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Aphrocallistes vastus Schulze, 1886.

Synonyms:

DEFINING CHARACTERS:
Dermalia = Pinular Hexactins with distal ray long/spindle-shaped/sharp.
Main microscleres are stout Oxyhexasters
SPONGE:
Shape: Infundibuliform with flattened mitten-form lateral projections.
Color_Alive: White to Golden.
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine:Deep water.
Distribution: Throughout California

CHARACTERS

Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate (hexactin)
Architecture: Rigid framework penetrated by diarhysial channels.
Megasclere:
Shape: Uncinates
Length: 890 -1740- 3440 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Diactins
Length: 262 -465- 722 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Pinular Hexactins
Length-distal ray: 109 -153- 185 Ám
Length-tangential ray: 38 -104- 142 Ám
Length-proximal ray: 53 -100- 232 Ám
Mesosclere:
Shape: Hexactins
Length-ray: 85 -128- 201 Ám
Mesosclere:
Shape: Scopules
Length: 262 -359- 497 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Oxyhexasters
Diameter: 126 -196- 252 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Discohexasters 1
Diameter: 30 -40- 56 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Discohexasters 2
Diameter: 16 -22- 25 Ám