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Sponge Mortality at Marathon and Long Key, Florida: Patterns of Species Response and Population Recovery

@inproceedings{Stevely2010SpongeMA,
  title={Sponge Mortality at Marathon and Long Key, Florida: Patterns of Species Response and Population Recovery},
  author={John M. Stevely and Don E. Sweat and Theresa M. Bert and Carina SIM-SMITH and Michelle Kelly},
  year={2010}
}
In the early 1990s, widespread sponge mortality events occurred in the Florida Keys, USA. These mortality events were coincidental with successive blooms of the picoplanktonic cyanobacterium Synechococcus sp. Although the specific cause of sponge death remains unknown, we conclude that bloom conditions caused the death of these sponges. We documented the effects of the mortality events on sponge community biomass and followed the sponge population response of 23 species for up to 15 years (1991… 

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