The Collagen of the Porifera

  • Robert Garrone
Part of the NATO ASI Series book series (NSSA, volume 93)


The phylum Porifera is not a widely known group of animals. Although the skeleton of certain species, the bath sponges, is a common object, most people have no idea that it represents the collagenous skeleton of an animal. Even for Biologists, the sponges are poorly documented and their collagen remains one of the most puzzling in the animal kingdom. However, there is now an increasing interest in the biology of these primitive and fascinating multicellular animals and several recent books are available (Bergquist, 1978; Brien et al., 1973; Garrone, 1978; Simpson, 1984).


Collagen Fibril Marine Sponge Freshwater Sponge Multicellular Animal Calcarean Sponge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Garrone
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  1. 1.Histologie et Biologie Tissulaire (CNRS LA 244-RCP 533)Université Claude BernardVilleurbanne CedexFrance

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