Rock sponges (lithistid Demospongiae) of the Northeast Atlantic seamounts, with description of ten new species

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REFERENCE Carvalho, Francisca C; Cárdenas, Paco; Ríos, Pilar; Cristobo, Javier; Rapp, Hans Tore; Xavier, Joana R (2020). Peer J. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1231-2020. ABSTRACT Background: Lithistid demosponges, also known as rock sponges, are a polyphyletic group of sponges which are widely distributed. In … Read More

Deep-sea sponge grounds as nutrient sinks: denitrification is common in boreo-Arctic sponges

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REFERENCE Rooks, Christine; Fang, James Kar-Hei; Mørkved, Pål Tore; Zhao, Rui; Rapp, Hans Tore; Xavier, Joana R; Hoffmann, Friederike (2020). Biogeosciences. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-17-1231-2020. ABSTRACT Sponges are commonly known as general nutrient providers for the marine ecosystem, recycling organic matter into various … Read More

Climate-induced changes in the suitable habitat of cold-water corals and commercially important deep-sea fishes in the North Atlantic

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REFERENCE Morato, Telmo; González-Irusta, José-Manuel; Dominguez-Carrió, Carlos; Wei, Chih-Lin; Davies, Andrew; Sweetman, Andrew K; Taranto, Gerald H; Beazley, Lindsay; García-Alegre, Ana; Grehan, Anthony; Laffargue, Pascal; Murillo, Francisco Javier; Sacau, Mar; Vaz, Sandrine; Kenchington, Ellen; Arnaud-Haond, Sophie; Callery, Oisín; Chimienti, Giovanni; … Read More

Comparison of physical connectivity particle tracking models in the Flemish Cap region

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REFERENCE Wang, Shuangqiang; Wang, Zeilang; Lirette, Camille; Davies, Andrew J; Kengchington, Ellen (2019). Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3663643. ABSTRACT Lagrangian particle tracking models are considered an important tool for assessing connectivity in the deep sea. A number of … Read More

Sponges from the 2010-2014 Paamiut Multispecies Trawl Surveys, Eastern Arctic and Subarctic: Class Demospongiae, Subclass Heteroscleromorpha, Order Poecilosclerida, Families Microcionidae, Acarnidae and Esperiopsidae

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REFERENCE Bouchard Marmen, M; Tompkins, G; Harrington, N; Savard-Drouin, A; Wells, M; Baker, E; Odenthal, B; Walkusz, W; Siferd, T; Kenchington, E (2019). Can. Tech. Rep. Fish. Aquat. Sci. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.3831235. ABSTRACT Sponges (phylum Porifera) are benthic filter feeding animals that … Read More

Breakthrough in marine invertebrate cell culture: Sponge cells divide rapidly in improved nutrient medium

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REFERENCE Conkling, Megan; Hesp, Kylie; Munroe, Stephanie; Sandoval, Kenneth; Martens, Dirk E; Sipkema, Detmer; Wijffels, Rene H; Pomponi, Shirley A (2019). Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-53643-y. ABSTRACT Sponges (phylum porifera) are among the oldest Metazoa and considered critical to understanding animal evolution … Read More

Environmental factors influencing benthic communities in the oxygen minimum zones on the Angolan and Namibian margins

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REFERENCE Hanz, Ulrike; Weinberg, Claudia; Hebblen, Dierk; Duineveld, Gerard; Lavaleye, Marc; Juva, Katriina; Dullo, Wolf-Christian; Friewald, Andrè; Tamborrino, Leonardo; Reichart, Gert-Jan; Flögel, Sascha; Mienis, Furu (2019). Biogeosciences. https://doi.org/10.5194/bg-16-4337-2019. ABSTRACT Thriving benthic communities were observed in the oxygen minimum zones along … Read More

Removal of deep-sea sponges by bottom trawling in the Flemish Cap area: conservation, ecology and economic assessment

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REFERENCE Pham, CK; Murillo, FJ; Maldonado, M; Colaço, A; Ottaviani, D; Kenchington, E (2019). Scientific Reports. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-52250-1. ABSTRACT Deep-sea sponge grounds are vulnerable marine ecosystems, which through their benthic-pelagic coupling of nutrients, are of functional relevance to the deep-sea realm. … Read More

Spatial patterns of arctic sponge ground fauna and demersal fish are detectable in autonomous underwater vehicle (AUV) imagery

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REFERENCE Meyer, HK; Roberts, EM; Rapp, HT; Davies, AJ (2019). Deep Sea Research Part I: Oceanographic Research Papers. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.dsr.2019.103137. ABSTRACT Deep-sea sponge grounds are important habitats that provide several ecosystem services, yet relatively little is known about their distribution and … Read More

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