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Voultsiadou, E.; Gerovasileiou, V.; Bailly, N. (2016). Porifera of Greece: an updated checklist. Biodiversity Data Journal. 4: e7984.
10.3897/bdj.4.e7984 [view]
Voultsiadou, E.; Gerovasileiou, V.; Bailly, N.
Porifera of Greece: an updated checklist
Biodiversity Data Journal
4: e7984
The checklist of Porifera of Greece was created in the framework of the Greek Taxon Information System (GTIS), an initiative of the LifeWatchGreece Research Infrastructure (ESFRI) that has resumed efforts to compile a complete checklist of species recorded from Greece. An updated checklist of Porifera was created on the basis of a list of the Aegean Demospongiae and Homoscleromorpha published one decade ago. All records of species known to occur in Greek waters were taxonomically validated and cross-checked for possible inaccuracies and omissions. Then, all recent publications were reviewed and the species recorded from 2006 to date were added to the list. The updated checklist of Porifera of Greece comprises 215 species, classified to 111 genera, 65 families, 24 orders, and 4 classes. In total, 34 new additions were made to the previous species list (8 Calcarea, 17 Demospongiae, 1 Hexactinellida, and 6 Homoscleromorpha) with Calcarea being listed for the first time from the area. The demosponge orders Poecilosclerida, Dictyoceratida, Tetractinellida, Haplosclerida, and Suberitida have the highest number of species covering 62% of the known Greek sponge species richness. It is worth mentioning that 8 species have been first described from Greek waters, 7 of which are considered endemic to this area. Our bibliographic overview also revealed knowledge gaps with regard to specific habitats typically rich in sponge diversity, and marine sectors of Greece.
Mediterranean Sea in general
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Aegean Sea for Ircinia retidermata Pulitzer-Finali & Pronzato, 1981 
Greek Exclusive Economic Zone for Clathria (Clathria) toxistricta Topsent, 1925 
Greek Exclusive Economic Zone for Clathrina blanca (Miklucho-Maclay, 1868) 
Greek Exclusive Economic Zone for Forcepia (Leptolabis) luciensis (Topsent, 1888) 
Greek Exclusive Economic Zone for Haliclona (Gellius) microsigma (Babic, 1922) 
Greek Exclusive Economic Zone for Hymedesmia (Hymedesmia) pansa Bowerbank, 1882 
Greek Exclusive Economic Zone for Petrosia pulitzeri Pansini, 1996 
Greek Exclusive Economic Zone for Rhizaxinella shikmonae Ilan, Gugel, Galil & Janussen, 2003 
Greek Exclusive Economic Zone for Sympagella nux Schmidt, 1870  (inaccurate)
Greek Exclusive Economic Zone for Tentorium levantinum Ilan, Gugel, Galil & Janussen, 2003 
Greek Exclusive Economic Zone for Topsentia vaceleti Kefalas & Castritsi-Catharios, 2012 
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