Role of deep sponge grounds in the Mediterranean Sea: a case study in southern Italy

  title={Role of deep sponge grounds in the Mediterranean Sea: a case study in southern Italy},
  author={M. Bo and M. Bertolino and G. Bavestrello and S. Canese and M. Giusti and M. Angiolillo and M. Pansini and M. Taviani},
The Mediterranean spongofauna is relatively well-known for habitats shallower than 100 m, but, differently from oceanic basins, information upon diversity and functional role of sponge grounds inhabiting deep environments is much more fragmentary. Aims of this article are to characterize through ROV image analysis the population structure of the sponge assemblages found in two deep habitats of the Mediterranean Sea and to test their structuring role, mainly focusing on the demosponges… Expand

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