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 Massive to globular growth form, small size, usually not over 15 cm in diameter. Surface softly hairy, densely conulose with very long conules (2–3 mm high and less than 1 mm apart) sometimes a single conule supported by 2–3 converging primary fibres. Oscules not evident and located in small deep superficial depressions. Colour in vivo never reported. Consistency very soft, elastic and strong. Skeleton as a network of regular meshes (100–200 µm) with primary fibres bearing very rare inclusions (particularly fragments of spicules) and secondaries completely free of inclusions; primary fibres typically formed by anastomosing secondaries in fascicules (50–80 µm in diameter). 


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