Syringella amphispicula de Laubenfels, 1961
Common name(s): Dead man's fingers sponge
|Syringella amphispicula from 20 m depth, Deception Pass|
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles, July 2000)|
How to Distinguish from Similar Species: Iophon chelifer var californiana is white, turns black in alcohol, with a soft and compressible surface and several different types of spicules.
Habitat: We find it on rock faces in areas of very heavy current.
Biology/Natural History: Predators include the nudibranch Archidoris odhneri.
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This sponge is commonly found at about 10 m depth and below on rock
faces in Deception Pass, such as on Pass Island.
|Below are spicules from Syringella amphispicula, photographed by Brooke Reiswig, 2006|
|This style is from an individual from Deception Pass, depth about 6 m.||Syringella amphispicula is not listed as having strongyles. Nevertheless, this strongyle was found in the same individual from Deception Pass.||This style is from what appeared to be a small Syringella amphispicula from Northwest Island. The species is not often seen on Northwest Island.|