Marine Biodiversity

, Volume 48, Issue 1, pp 545–573 | Cite as

Deep-sea glass sponges (Hexactinellida) from polymetallic nodule fields in the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ), northeastern Pacific: Part I – Amphidiscophora

  • Daniel Kersken
  • Dorte Janussen
  • Pedro Martínez Arbizu
Original Paper


The Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone (CCFZ) in the northeastern Pacific is the world’s largest area for potential deep-sea mining of polymetallic nodules. Furthermore, it is one of the largest, most remote and least investigated ecosystems worldwide. Sponges (Porifera) represent one of the main groups of benthic deep-sea megafauna. This is the first study on taxonomy of amphidiscophorid sponges from polymetallic nodule fields in the CCFZ, and includes descriptions of six known and three new species: Hyalonema (Onconema) clarioni sp. nov., Hyalonema (Prionema) breviradix sp. nov. and Poliopogon microuncinata sp. nov.


Deep-sea sponges Deep-sea mining Polymetallic nodules Hyalonema Poliopogon 



The EcoResponse cruise with the R/V Sonne was financed by the German Ministry of Education and Science BMBF as a contribution to the European project JPI-Oceans “Ecological Aspects of Deep-Sea Mining”. The authors acknowledge funding from BMBF under contract 03F0707E. Furthermore, we want to thank Prof. Dr. Jens Greinert and M.Sc. Florian Gausepohl (GEOMAR – Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research, Kiel) for support with station maps.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Kersken
    • 1
    • 2
  • Dorte Janussen
    • 2
  • Pedro Martínez Arbizu
    • 1
  1. 1.German Centre for Marine Biodiversity Research (DZMB)WilhelmshavenGermany
  2. 2.Marine Zoology, Senckenberg Research Institute and Nature MuseumFrankfurt am MainGermany

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