A decadal analysis of bioeroding sponge cover on the inshore Great Barrier Reef

  title={A decadal analysis of bioeroding sponge cover on the inshore Great Barrier Reef},
  author={Blake D Ramsby and Mia O Hoogenboom and Steve Whalan and Nicole S Webster and Angus Thompson},
  booktitle={Scientific Reports},
Decreasing coral cover on the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) may provide opportunities for rapid growth and expansion of other taxa. The bioeroding sponges Cliona spp. are strong competitors for space and may take advantage of coral bleaching, damage, and mortality. Benthic surveys of the inshore GBR (2005–2014) revealed that the percent cover of the most abundant bioeroding sponge species, Cliona orientalis, has not increased. However, considerable variation in C. orientalis cover, and change in… CONTINUE READING
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