Marine sponges shape marine benthic ecosystems globally

And they have been doing so for more than 600 million years. They serve as habitat and nursery to numerous other species and play key roles in nutrient recycling. However, their diversity patterns and habitat status are poorly documented.

The SponBIODIV project aims to address this knowledge gap by building a comprehensive inventory of marine sponges in the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea. The project will also develop new monitoring tools to assess the status of sponge populations and their habitats. This information will be used to advance effective conservation and restoration measures to protect marine sponges and their ecosystems.

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SponBIODIV attends the Spanish Biodiversa+ awardees session

Researchers from the SponBIODIV consortium took part on an Informative Session to present the latest results of the project to the Spanish authorities

DEEPEND Project joins forces with SponBIODIV for an Sponge Identification & Training Workshop

Several researchers from the SponBIODIV consortium took part on a taxonomic workshop on deep-sea sponges’ identification at the at National Oceanographic Centre in Southampton (UK)

Newly Described Tetractinellid Sponges Discovered in the Balearic Islands and the North Atlantic

Scientists have described eight new tetractinellid sponges from the Balearic Islands and the North Atlantic. These sponges were discovered in caves and deep-sea habitats. Additionally, the study includes a revision of the order found in the waters around the Balearic Islands.