Metabolic responses of a phototrophic sponge to sedimentation supports transitions to sponge-dominated reefs

@inproceedings{Biggerstaff2017MetabolicRO,
  title={Metabolic responses of a phototrophic sponge to sedimentation supports transitions to sponge-dominated reefs},
  author={Andrew Biggerstaff and David J Smith and Jamaluddin Jompa and James J Bell},
  booktitle={Scientific Reports},
  year={2017}
}
Declines in coral abundance have been linked to increased sedimentation at many locations across the world and at some of these locations there have been subsequent increases in sponge abundance. These shifts appear counterintuitive as sponges are suspension feeders and many rely on photosymbionts for carbon. At a sedimented reef in Indonesia (Wakatobi) corals have declined and the photoautotrophic sponge Lamellodysidea herbacea is now abundant. We hypothesise that this is partly due to L… CONTINUE READING
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