Identifying Sponges

Key to California Porifera (Page 004)

( From page 003 A) Megascleres, styles ONLY, or Styles to Subtylostyles only.
Spicules Styles - Subtylostyles.
Size > 500 μm.
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Prosuberites sp. Bakus & Green, 1987
Sponge: Attached to rock. Size and shape not given.
Color: Alive: Color not recorded. Preserved: Grey-white.
Spicules: Megascleres: (1) Styles: 610 -2263- 4960 um. x 7 -16- 40 um.
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(2) Subtylostyles: 150 -278- 650 um. x 3 -8- 11 um. -heads mucronate
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Skeleton: Dermal membrane with plush of spicules. No other details provided..
Distribution: Southern California, Tanner Bank and Santa Cruz Basin.
Depth: Subtidal to deep water, 667 m.
Note: The lack of information on skeletal structure makes it impossible to distinguish Prosuberites and Protosuberites. No illustrations available.
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Spicules Styles ONLY. Style
Size < 500 μm.
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