Identifying Sponges

Key to California Porifera (Page 086)

( From page 085 B) Body not stalked.
[A]
Spicules are Oxeas > 300 μm.
Skeleton, a reticulation of anastomosing tracts, 5 spicules thick.
Depth: Intertidal.
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? Haliclonissa sp. Bakus & Green, 1987
Sponge: No information given.
Color: Preserved: Light Orange.
Spicules: Megascleres: (1) Oxeas: 300 - 324 - 360 um. x 4-7- 9 um. (2) Juvenile Oxeas: 94 um. x 2 um.
Skeleton: Anastomosing tracts, 5 spicules thick.
Distribution: Southern California, San Miguel Id.
Depth: Intertidal.
Note: This species was incompletely described by Bakus & Green, thus its identity cannot be verified at this time. The nature of the ectosomal skeleton is essential to determining the status of this species but was not included in the description. No illustrations available.
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Spicules are Oxeas which range from 190 - 350 μm.
Skeleton, a thin reticulation, 1 - 3 spicules thick.
Depth: 75 to 463 m.
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