Identifying Sponges

Key to California Porifera (Page 115)

( From page 114 A) Acanthostyles or Acanthosubtylostyles present; NO Acanthoxeas.
Acanthostyles with only pointed end spined.
Styles present.
Endectyon (Endectyon) hyle (de Laubenfels, 1930)
Sponge: Stalked, frondose. Consistency: spongy to cartilaginous. Surface: superficially smooth, finely hispid, prickly. Oscula: and pores not evident.
Color: Preserved: Pale drab. Alive: brick red.
Spicules: Megascleres: (1) Acanthostyles -pointed end spined; smooth end bent: 180 - 320 um. x 12 - 20 um. (2) Styles: 430 - 550 um. x 15 - 20 um. (3) ? Styles- long-smooth (broken-not identifiable): >800 um. x 10 um. (4) Strongyles: 350 - 370 um. x 16 - 19 um. Microscleres: (1) Oxeote Rhaphides: 200 - 330 um. x 2 um.
Skeleton: Ectosome a dermal membrane 75 μm thick, with scattered dark cells and foreign bodies. Choanosome divided into axial and peripheral regions. Axial with smooth styles in confusion or trace of a reticulation. Peripheral: dense, with Acanthostyles pointing outwards.
Distribution: Southern California.
Depth: Deep water, 36 m.
Note: Taken from original description and with de Laubenfels' illustrations. See page 33A and 33B. Was Hemectyon hyale.
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Acanthostyles with spines at head end or over entire body.
Styles usually not present with the exception of rare or juvenile acanthostyles that look like styles.
May have Tylotes-Subtylotes OR Strongyles.
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