Cultivation of Sponge Larvae: Settlement, Survival, and Growth of Juveniles

  title={Cultivation of Sponge Larvae: Settlement, Survival, and Growth of Juveniles},
  author={S{\`o}nia Caralt and Henri Otjens and Mar{\'i}a Jes{\'u}s {\'U}riz and Ren{\'e} H. Wijffels},
  journal={Marine Biotechnology},
The aim of this study was to culture sponge juveniles from larvae. Starting from larvae we expected to enhance the survival and growth, and to decrease the variation in these parameters during the sponge cultures. First, settlement success, morphological changes during metamorphosis, and survival of Dysidea avara, Ircinia oros, Hippospongia communis, under the same culture conditions, were compared. In a second step, we tested the effects of flow and food on survival and growth of juveniles… 

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