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 (3 chapter)

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

    N. Boury-Esnault

    Pages 29-66

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  • Tetillidae (Spirophorida, Porifera): A Taxonomic Reevaluation

    K. Rützler

    Pages 187-203

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  • Sexual Reproduction, Larval Morphology and Behaviour in Demosponges from the Southwest of the Netherlands

    M. Wapstra, R. W. M. van Soest

    Pages 281-307

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Taxonomy of Porifera
Book Subtitle
From the N.E. Atlantic and Mediterranean Sea
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
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