An erect, attached sponge with
a narrow base, color cream to light brown. Surface firm and
but easily compressible (key says it is hard). Spicules
230 to 820 microns in length.
Syringella amphispicula de
Common name(s): Dead man's fingers
|Syringella amphispicula from 20 m
depth, Deception Pass
|(Photo by: Dave Cowles,
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
find it on rock faces in areas
of very heavy current.
the nudibranch Archidoris
General Notes and
Observations: Locations, abundances,
This sponge is commonly found at about 10 m depth and below on
faces in Deception Pass, such as on Pass Island.
|Below are spicules from Syringella
by Brooke Reiswig, 2006
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.
is from what
appeared to be a small Syringella amphispicula from
The species is not often seen on Northwest Island.
Authors and Editors of Page:
Dave Cowles (2005): Created original page
Edited by Dave Cowles, 2006