Deep-sea sponges in practice – Six info-sheets by SponGES partner FAO

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SponGES partner FAO just released six info-sheets about deep-sea sponges and their habitats, covering topics like: What is the role of sponges in the marine environment? How can sponges be identified and what are the procedures to preserve sponge samples … Read More

First records of Geodia demosponges from the New England seamounts, an opportunity to test the use of DNA mini-barcodes on museum specimens

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REFERENCE Cárdenas, Paco; Moore, Jon A. (2017). Marine Biodiversity. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12526-017-0775-3 ABSTRACT We report the first records of the sponge genus Geodia (Demospongiae, Tetractinellida, Geodiidae) from the New England Seamounts and Muir Seamount, at lower bathyal depths. Nine specimens collected between … Read More

Metagenomic binning of a marine sponge microbiome reveals unity in defense but metabolic specialization

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REFERENCE Slaby, Beate; Hackl, Thomas; Horn, Hannes; Bayer, Kristina; Hentschel, Ute (2017). The ISME Journal. http://doi.org/10.1038/ismej.2017.101 ABSTRACT Marine sponges are ancient metazoans that are populated by distinct and highly diverse microbial communities. In order to obtain deeper insights into the … Read More

Polymastiidae (Porifera: Demospongiae) of the Nordic and Siberian Seas

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REFERENCE Plotkin, Alexander; Gerasimova, Elena & Rapp, Hans Tore (2017). Polymastiidae (Porifera: Demospongiae) of the Nordic and Siberian Seas. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. https://doi.org/10.1017/S0025315417000285 ABSTRACT Polymastiidae (Porifera: Demospongiae) of the Nordic and Siberian Seas … Read More

The Microbiome and Occurrence of Methanotrophy in Carnivorous Sponges

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REFERENCE Hestetun, Jon T.; Dahle, Håkon; Jørgensen, Steffen L.; Olsen, Bernt R. & Rapp, Hans T. (2016). The Microbiome and Occurrence of Methanotrophy in Carnivorous Sponges. Frontiers in Microbiology, 7, pp. 14. http://doi.org/10.3389/fmicb.2016.01781 ABSTRACT As shown by recent studies, filter-feeding … Read More

Molecular phylogenies challenge the classification of Polymastiidae (Porifera, Demospongiae) based on morphology

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REFERENCE Plotkin, Alexander; Voigt, Oliver; Willassen, Endre & Rapp, Hans Tore (2016). Molecular phylogenies challenge the classification of Polymastiidae (Porifera, Demospongiae) based on morphology. Organisms Diversity & Evolution, 22. http://doi.org/10.1007/s13127-016-0301-7 ABSTRACT Polymastiidae Gray, 1867 is a worldwide distributed sponge family, … Read More