Global conservation status of sponges.

  title={Global conservation status of sponges.},
  author={James J Bell and Emily McGrath and Andrew Biggerstaff and Tracey Bates and C{\'e}sar A. C{\'a}rdenas and Holly Bennett},
  journal={Conservation biology : the journal of the Society for Conservation Biology},
  volume={29 1},
Sponges are important for maintaining ecosystem function and integrity of marine and freshwater benthic communities worldwide. Despite this, there has been no assessment of their current global conservation status. We assessed their status, accounting for the distribution of research effort; patterns of temporal variation in sponge populations and assemblages; the number of sponges on threatened species lists; and the impact of environmental pressures. Sponge research effort has been variable… CONTINUE READING
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