Species Overview

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Suberites suberea (Johnson) latus Lambe, 1893.

Synonyms:

SPONGE:
Shape: Massive;semihemispherical
Color_Alive: White or grey or vermilion with bright orange most common
Color_ Preserved: Pale drab
Consistency: firm
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: Intertidal to Subtidal
Distribution: Southern California and Central California

CHARACTERS

Surface:
Texture: superficially smooth.
Oscula:
Visible: Pores and oscules not evident or oscules few
Diameter: 2 -- 4 mm
Ectosome:
Architecture: smaller spicules packed with points outward.
Choanosome:
Architecture: fleshy with spicules in confusion.
Skeleton:
Composition: Silicate
Architecture: fleshy with spicules in confusion.
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylostyles
Length: 90 -- 150 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylostyles
Length: 250 -- 590 Ám
Width: 5.0 -- 12 Ám
Megasclere:
Shape: Tylostrongyles (blunt-ended Tylostyles)
Length: 135 -- 350 Ám
Microsclere:
Shape: Microstrongyles
Length: 20 -- 50 Ám