Identifying Sponges

Key to California Porifera (Page 101)

( From page 100 B) No tangential ectosomal skeleton present. Surface soft, smooth, irregular. Color: grey-blue, rose-lavender, lavender, light grey-brown or transparent white.
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Sponge tubular.
Color transparent white.
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Haliclona (?Reniera) sp. F Green & Bakus, 1994
Sponge: Tubular, 11 x 1 mm. Consistency: fragile, soft. Surface: superficially smooth. Fine meshwork of skeleton visible.
Color: Alive: Transparent white.
Spicules: Megascleres: (1) Oxeas: 151 -162- 172 um. x 0.5 - 0.6 um.
Skeleton: Irregular polygonal unispicular reticulation and longitudinal multispicular tracts of at least 10 spicules.
Distribution: Santa Maria Basin, Southern California.
Depth: 75 - 90 m.
Note: If the sponge is tubular to lobate, often branching or anastomosing, tan, orange brown or cinnamon, and found in bays, see page 97A.
[B] GO TO PAGE 102
Sponge encrusting.
Color rose lavender, lavender, light grey-brown or grey-blue.
Note: See also page 103 for an additional, poorly described species in this series.
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