Megascleres mostly Tylostyles ONLY but with only a few Styles and Subtylostyles.
Tylostyles to 2000 μm or greater. Heads terminal to subterminal, some polytyly.
Surface with many laterally flattened nipple-like protuberances, 1-2 cm high, yellow.
Color: Light lemon yellow to deep yellow.
de Laubenfels, 1932|
Encrusting to 2 cm or more thick with numerous latererally flattened, smooth papillae, 1 to 2 cm high, yellow. Rest of surface hispid.
Color: Alive: Light lemon-yellow to deep yellow.
2000 or greater um.
Range: varies greatly
Heads: terminal to subterminal - some polytyly
Ectosome: Cortex-like, 1.5 mm thick, packed with spicules. Typically lacks small Tylostyles.
Choanosome: Fleshy with radial columns.
Distribution: Southern to Northern California.
Depth: Intertidal to subtidal.
Megascleres Styles and Tylostyles.
Styles to 1320 μm . Subtylostyles to Tylostyles to 650 μm .
Surface wity a few rounded papillae, 2-3 mm wide and to 8 mm high, white.
Color: tan to white.
Lambe, 1894 (cf. Green & Bakus, 1994)|
Cushion-shaped or thin crust to 6 mm thick with a few rounded papillae, white.
Consistency: Firm, rough to prickly.
Surface: smooth to hispid.
Color: ?Alive: Ectosome, dirty white; Choanosome, tan to white.
975 -1087- 1300 um.
590 -703- 770 um.
(3) Subtylostyle -Tylostyle (thick):
250 -434- 650 um.
88 -143- 244 um.
Ectosomal cortex, with abundant small Tylostyles, 1.5 mm thick. Tylostyles in cortex.
Choanosome: Fleshy, with radial tracts of spicules. Styles to Sub-tylostyles in radial tracts and protrude from surface.
Distribution: Southern California; western Santa Barbara Channel, Santa Maria Basin.
Depth: Deep water: 54 to 78 m.