The Sponge Gardens of Ningaloo Reef , Western Australia

  title={The Sponge Gardens of Ningaloo Reef , Western Australia},
  author={Andrew Heyward and Jane Fromont and Christine Hanna Lydia Sch{\"o}nberg and Jamie Colquhoun and Ben T. Radford and Oliver Gomez},
Preliminary results from biodiversity surveys in the deeper waters of Ningaloo Marine Park, Western Australia revealed that while much of the area is composed of sediments and rhodolith fields with low densities of macroepibenthos, locally dense and extensive filter feeding communities exist. They were distinctly dominated by demosponges, both in biomass and diversity. A subsample of dominant taxa determined by fresh weight yielded 155 different demosponge species from over 350 transects… CONTINUE READING
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