Ancient Animals, New Challenges

Developments in Sponge Research

  • Manuel  Maldonado
  • Xavier Turon
  • Mikel Becerro
  • Maria Jesús Uriz

Part of the Developments in Hydrobiology book series (DIHY, volume 219)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VI
  2. M. Maldonado, X. Turon, M. A. Becerro, M. J. Uriz
    Pages 1-2
  3. Eve Gazave, Pascal Lapébie, Alexander V. Ereskovsky, Jean Vacelet, Emmanuelle Renard, Paco Cárdenas et al.
    Pages 3-10
  4. Dirk Erpenbeck, Jürgen Schmitz, Gennady Churakov, Dorothée Huchon, Gert Wörheide, Bernard M. Degnan
    Pages 43-47
  5. Bruna Pleše, Lada Lukić-Bilela, Branka Bruvo-Mađarić, Matija Harcet, Mirna Imešek, Helena Bilandžija et al.
    Pages 49-59
  6. Erik A. Sperling, Rafael D. Rosengarten, Maria A. Moreno, Stephen L. Dellaporta
    Pages 61-69
  7. Jane Fromont, Franziska Althaus, Felicity R. McEnnulty, Alan Williams, Mark Salotti, Oliver Gomez et al.
    Pages 127-142
  8. Christine Hanna Lydia Schönberg, Jane Fromont
    Pages 143-161
  9. Marzia Bo, Marco Bertolino, Giorgio Bavestrello, Simonepietro Canese, Michela Giusti, Michela Angiolillo et al.
    Pages 163-177
  10. Marnie L. Freckelton, Heidi M. Luter, Nikos Andreakis, Nicole S. Webster, Cherie A. Motti
    Pages 191-203
  11. Tse-Lynn Loh, Susanna López-Legentil, Bongkeun Song, Joseph R. Pawlik
    Pages 205-217
  12. Heidi M. Luter, Steve Whalan, Nicole S. Webster
    Pages 227-235
  13. Alejandra Perea-Blázquez, Simon K. Davy, James J. Bell
    Pages 237-250
  14. Manuel Maldonado, Heng Cao, Xupeng Cao, Yuefan Song, Yi Qu, Wei Zhang
    Pages 251-257
  15. C. G. Di Camillo, M. Coppari, I. Bartolucci, M. Bo, F. Betti, M. Bertolino et al.
    Pages 299-313

About this book


This book summarizes the latest advances in sponge science through a concise selection of studies presented at the VIII World Sponge Conference. The collection of articles reflects hot, ongoing debates in molecular research, such as the monophyletic versus paraphyletic nature of the sponge group, or the new awareness on pros and cons of standard barcodes and other markers in sponge taxonomy and phylogeny. It also features articles showing how the new sequencing technologies reveal the functional and phylogenetic complexity of the "microbial universe" associated to sponge tissues. The ecological interactions of sponges, the effects of nutrients and pollutants, the variability in reproductive patterns, and the processes generating genotypic and phenotypic variability in sponge populations are covered in several contributions. Zoogeography, population structure and dynamics are also approached with both traditional and molecular tools. The effect of anthropogenic disturbance on the natural environment finds its place in this volume with papers dealing with metal accumulation and the potential role of sponges as biomonitors. Biodiversity data from unexplored tropical and deep sea areas are presented. We hope readers will enjoy the selection of papers, which we believe represent collectively a significant contribution to our current understanding of sponges. 

Previously published in Hydrobiologia, vol. 687, 2012


Animal phylogeny Microbial Symbiosis Molecular research Porifera Sponge Sponges as biomonitors

Editors and affiliations

  • Manuel  Maldonado
    • 1
  • Xavier Turon
    • 2
  • Mikel Becerro
    • 2
  • Maria Jesús Uriz
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Marine EcologyCenter for Advanced Studies of Blanes CEAB-CSICBlanes GeronaSpain
  2. 2.Deparment of Aquatic EcologyCenter for Advanced Studies of BlanesBlanes GeronaSpain

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