Interocean patterns in shallow water sponge assemblage structure and function

James Bell, Emily McGrath, Nora Kandler, Joseph Marlow, Sandeep Beepat, Ramadian Bachtiar, Megan Shaffer, Charlotte Mortimer, Valerio Micaroni, Valeria Mobilia, Alberto Rovellini, Benjamin Harris, Elizabeth Farnham, Francesca Strano, Jose Luis Carballo

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Sponges are a major component of benthic ecosystems across the world and fulfil a number of important functional roles. However, despite their importance, there have been few attempts to compare sponge assemblage structure and ecological functions across large spatial scales. In this review, we examine commonalities and differences between shallow water (
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1720-1758
Number of pages38
JournalBiological Reviews
Issue number6
Early online date19 Aug 2020
Publication statusPublished - 5 Nov 2020


  • Porifera
  • diversity
  • richness
  • morphology
  • associated macrofauna
  • respiration
  • predation
  • pumping rates
  • competition


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