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Pansini, M.; Morri, C.; Bianchi, C.N. (2000). The sponge community of a subtidal area with hydrothermal vents: Milos island, Aegean Sea. Estuarine Coastal Shelf Science. 51, 627-635.
Pansini, M.; Morri, C.; Bianchi, C.N.
The sponge community of a subtidal area with hydrothermal vents: Milos island, Aegean Sea
Estuarine Coastal Shelf Science
51, 627-635
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Sponges were sampled by SCUBA diving at six subtidal rocky sites, three of which were close to hydrothermal vents, a common feature on the sea-floor off the south-east coast of Milos. Twenty-five species (2 Calcarea and 23 Demospongiae) were found, few compared with the 589 recorded for the Mediterranean, but an important addition to the scant information on the sponge fauna of the Aegean Sea. The number of species found at vent sites was consistently higher than that found at non-vent sites, but no vent-obligate species could be identified. However, Geodia cydonium and three species of Cliona (C. copiosa, C. nigricans and C. rhodensis) showed a tendency to colonize vent areas. The former might take advantage of increased silica availability, the latter of the enhanced deposition of carbonates near vents. Substratum cover by sponges (estimated from wire-framed photographs of 0·7 m2), varied greatly both among and within sites, mostly according to slope. Most sponge species preferred vertical to overhanging, shaded substrata. Proximity to vents seemed to have little or no influence on sponge cover, notwithstanding a primary effect on species diversity.
Mediterranean Sea in general
Systematics, Taxonomy
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Aaptos aaptos (Schmidt, 1864) (additional source)
Agelas oroides (Schmidt, 1864) (additional source)
Axinella cannabina (Esper, 1794) (additional source)
Axinella damicornis (Esper, 1794) (additional source)
Axinella verrucosa (Esper, 1794) (additional source)
Chondrosia reniformis Nardo, 1847 (additional source)
Cliona copiosa Sarà, 1959 accepted as Cliona viridis (Schmidt, 1862) (additional source)
Cliona nigricans (Schmidt, 1862) accepted as Cliona viridis (Schmidt, 1862) (additional source)
Cliona rhodensis Rützler & Bromley, 1981 (additional source)
Crambe crambe (Schmidt, 1862) (additional source)
Dysidea avara (Schmidt, 1862) (additional source)
Erylus euastrum (Schmidt, 1868) accepted as Penares euastrum (Schmidt, 1868) (additional source)
Geodia cydonium (Linnaeus, 1767) (additional source)
Hymeniacidon sanguinea (Grant, 1826) accepted as Hymeniacidon perlevis (Montagu, 1814) (additional source)
Ircinia oros (Schmidt, 1864) (additional source)
Ircinia variabilis (Schmidt, 1862) (additional source)
Mycale lingua (Bowerbank, 1866) represented as Mycale (Mycale) lingua (Bowerbank, 1866) (additional source)
Mycale retifera Topsent, 1924 represented as Mycale (Aegogropila) retifera Topsent, 1924 (additional source)
Petrosia ficiformis (Poiret, 1789) represented as Petrosia (Petrosia) ficiformis (Poiret, 1789) (additional source)
Phorbas tenacior (Topsent, 1925) (additional source)
Sarcotragus foetidus Schmidt, 1862 (additional source)
Spongia officinalis Linnaeus, 1759 represented as Spongia (Spongia) officinalis Linnaeus, 1759 (additional source)
Sycon raphanus Schmidt, 1862 (additional source)
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