Redwood of the reef: growth and age of the giant barrel sponge Xestospongia muta in the Florida Keys

@article{McMurray2008RedwoodOT,
  title={Redwood of the reef: growth and age of the giant barrel sponge Xestospongia muta in the Florida Keys},
  author={S. McMurray and J. Blum and J. Pawlik},
  journal={Marine Biology},
  year={2008},
  volume={155},
  pages={159-171}
}
  • S. McMurray, J. Blum, J. Pawlik
  • Published 2008
  • Biology
  • Marine Biology
  • The growth of animals in most taxa has long been well described, but the phylum Porifera has remained a notable exception. The giant barrel sponge Xestospongia muta dominates Caribbean coral reef communities, where it is an important spatial competitor, increases habitat complexity, and filters seawater. It has been called the ‘redwood of the reef’ because of its size (often >1 m height and diameter) and presumed long life, but very little is known about its demography. Since 1997, we have… CONTINUE READING
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