Species Overview

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Oscarella carmela Muricy& Pearse, 2004.

Synonyms:
Adocia sp. Klontz, 1989.

SPONGE:
Shape: Thin to thicker sheets
Color_Alive: Pale brown to rusty orange
HABITAT:
Benthic Region: Marine: High intertidal tide pools and in sea water systems.
Distribution: Central California.

CHARACTERS

Choanosome:
Architecture: Very thin mesohyl between chambers. Proportion of mesohyl to chambers from 0.51;1 to 1.2:1.
Skeleton:
Composition: NO skeleton
Surface:
Texture: Thin smooth
Contour: with uneven bumpy
Ectosome:
Architecture: less than 100 Ám thick. (with large opening) choanocyte chambers
Choanosome:
Architecture: Basal cavities large; separated by septa without Choanocyte chambers. Ovoid to spherical choanocyte chambers