Special Issue "5th International Workshop on Taxonomy of Atlanto-Mediterranean Deep-Sea & Cave Sponges"

A special issue of Journal of Marine Science and Engineering (ISSN 2077-1312). This special issue belongs to the section "Marine Biology".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 March 2024 | Viewed by 2740

Special Issue Editors

Department of Biology, University of Bari Aldo Moro, Bari, Italy
Interests: Porifera taxonomy and biology; biodiversity; macrobenthos; marine alien species; filter-feeder invertebrates; marine bioremediation; sponge rearing and translocation; restocking techniques
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Department of Life and Environmental Sciences, Polytechnic University of Marche, Via Brecce Bianche, 60131 Ancona, Italy
Interests: taxonomy and ecology of Porifera of the Mediterranean Sea, Indo-Pacific, and Antarctic areas; diversity of Porifera of the Mediterranean coralligenous bioconstruction; bioerosion activity, mainly of Porifera with a particular interest in the pattern of bioerosion and the evaluation of bioerosion rates, taking into account the different mineralogy of the substrate; application of micro-computed tomography in bioerosion studies, for the evaluation of the excavated volume and for the morphological characterization of the perforations
Dr. Marco Bertolino
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Department of Earth, Environment and Life Sciences (DISTAV), University of Genova, Via Pastore 3, 16132 Genova, Italy
Interests: morphology, taxonomy and ecology of sponges from the Mediterranean Sea, South America, Indo-Pacific and Antarctic area, from shallow water to deep-sea ecosystems; sponges associated with Mediterranean coralligenous, including of the sponge paleo-communities’ studies of such bioconstructions; dissolution and growth of Demospongiae and Hexactinellida silica spicules in different environmental conditions

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

After the delay due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 5th International Workshop on the Taxonomy of Atlanto-Mediterranean Deep-Sea and Cave Sponges recommences in September 2023, with the purpose to spread and enhance interest in the taxonomy of porifera, particularly among young researchers.

The workshop and JMSE invite you to join this Special Issue with contributions related to taxonomy, particularly relating deep-sea and cave sponges of the Atlanto-Mediterranean area, as collections of papers on this topic will be presented.

This Special Issue aims to collect papers also related to the same topics in other geographical areas.

Prof. Dr. Caterina Longo
Prof. Dr. Barbara Calcinai
Dr. Marco Bertolino
Guest Editors

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  • Porifera; 
  • Taxonomy
  • Deep-habitats
  • Spicules
  • Marine caves
  • Twilight zone
  • Mesophotic

Published Papers (1 paper)

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Sponge Community Patterns in Mesophotic and Deep-Sea Habitats in the Aegean and Ionian Seas
J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 2023, 11(11), 2204; https://doi.org/10.3390/jmse11112204 - 20 Nov 2023
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Sponge assemblages play a significant role in the functioning of the Mediterranean benthic ecosystem. The main goal of this study was to investigate the diversity and distribution of poorly known sponge communities in the mesophotic and deep-sea substrates of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. [...] Read more.
Sponge assemblages play a significant role in the functioning of the Mediterranean benthic ecosystem. The main goal of this study was to investigate the diversity and distribution of poorly known sponge communities in the mesophotic and deep-sea substrates of the eastern Mediterranean Sea. More than 1500 sponge specimens belonging to 87 taxa were collected from 156 stations during experimental and commercial bottom trawling in the Aegean Sea and the eastern part of the Ionian ecoregion, at depths of between 10 and 800 m. A total of 79 sponge species were found in the Aegean and 40 species in the Ionian Sea. Eight of these species are included in lists of endangered and threatened species, two were newly recorded in the Aegean and six were first recorded in the east Ionian Sea. Both community structure and diversity differed between the two ecoregions. Species richness, biomass, abundance and diversity decreased with increasing depth, while different species dominated, in terms of biomass, abundance and frequency of appearance, in the two ecoregions and the separate depth zones. In contrast with previous investigations, which mostly examined shallow-water sponges, no clear resemblance patterns were observed among the north and south Aegean subareas, probably due to the homogeneity of the deep-sea habitats under investigation. This study, using sampling material from fish stock monitoring programs for the first time, contributed to our knowledge of the largely unknown eastern Mediterranean mesophotic and deep-sea sponge populations, which are subjected to intensive trawling activities. Full article
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Planned Papers

The below list represents only planned manuscripts. Some of these manuscripts have not been received by the Editorial Office yet. Papers submitted to MDPI journals are subject to peer-review.

Title: Sponge communities of submarine caves and tunnels in Fernando de Noronha Archipelago, Northeast Brazil

Title: Long-term survey of sponge biodiversity in a Mediterranean cave with bathyal affinities

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