Van Soest, R.W.M. (2007). Sponge biodiversity. J. Mar. Biol. Ass. U.K. Spec. Issue 87(6): 1345-1348
In: Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. Cambridge University Press/Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom: Cambridge. ISSN 0025-3154, more
Biodiversity; Sponges; Marine
Sponges are an integral part of marine benthic communities with a high-impact role in benthic-pelagic coupling processes, as an important source of food for demersal grazers and predators, as hosts of a highly diverse microbial biomass, and as bio-eroders. Sponges provide age-old (hygienic) services to humans and continue to be of interest in modern times as sources of an unprecedented array of useful substances.