Nato ASI Subseries G:

Taxonomy of Porifera

From the N.E. Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea

Editors: Vacelet, Jean, Boury-Esnault, Nicole (Eds.)

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Although sponges are one of the major components of littoral ecosystems, their systematics obviously lags behind that of the majority of other groups of marine invertebrates. Also the evolutionary trends in these most primitive of the Metazoans are poorly understood. The confused state of their taxonomy and the difficulties with their identification prevent their use in ecological studies. The emphasis of interest presently seems to have shifted towards chemistry, but many of the hundreds of interesting chemicals recently described in sponges pro­ bably have been found in mistakenly or imprecisely identified animals. This situ­ ation will become worse in the next few years, when a number of experts will retire and will not be replaced by new ones, owing to the difficulties that the science of systematics is facing in most countries - as exemplified during this meeting by an informal discussion on the endangered future of European Museums. Under these circumstances, it is the responsability of present sponge taxono­ mists to leave a less confused state and tools such as simple fauna or computerized data bases to generations following. These tools do not exist even in one of the best studied areas, the North-Eastern Atlantic (including the Mediterranean Sea).

Table of contents (16 chapters)

  • Calcareous Sponges Collected by N.O. Thalassa on the Continental Margin of the Bay of Biscaye: I. Calcinea

    Borojevic, R. (et al.)

    Pages 1-27

  • The Polymastia Species (Demosponges, Hadromerida) of the Atlantic Area

    Boury-Esnault, N.

    Pages 29-66

  • Distinctive Characters within the Order Petrosida (= Nepheliospongida)

    Desqueyroux-Faundez, R.

    Pages 67-72

  • Anisochelae Analysis and Taxonomy of the Genus Mycale Gray (Demospongiae)

    Doumenc, D. (et al.)

    Pages 73-92

  • An Enzymatic Technique for the Separation of Spicules from Alcohol-Preserved Sponge Tissue

    Fry, P. D. (et al.)

    Pages 93-99

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Taxonomy of Porifera
Book Subtitle
From the N.E. Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea
Editors
  • Jean Vacelet
  • Nicole Boury-Esnault
Series Title
Nato ASI Subseries G:
Series Volume
13
Copyright
1987
Publisher
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
Copyright Holder
Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
eBook ISBN
978-3-642-70892-3
DOI
10.1007/978-3-642-70892-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-642-70894-7
Series ISSN
0258-1256
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
VIII, 336
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