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 Growth form encrusting, cushion-like without lobes, small size, thicker than that of Hexadella pruvoti. Colour bright yellow to paler in vivo, dark purple in ethanol after releasing a purple fluid. Surface entirely striated by irregularly crossing collagenous reinforcements with some scattered, pointed conules; inconspicuous inhalant apertures and rare oscules. Ectosome rigid with collagen fibrils, nondetachable from the choanosome. Choanosome lacunar with large clusters of spherulous cells bearing large inclusions of microgranules and microgranular cells. Choanocyte chambers eurypylous, sac-shaped (ca. 30 × 20 µm in diameter). Bacteria (one type only) in the mesohyl. Aerophobins 1, 2 and isofistularin compounds with medium-high natural toxicity. 

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