Abyssal Cladorhizidae (Porifera) from Deep Sea African Basins (SE Atlantic)
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AuthorsCristobo, J. (Javier)
Editor/sInstituto Español de Oceanografía
The expeditions Diva 1 and Diva 2 on board R/V Meteor dealt with species composition, biogeography and with diversity and dominance patterns along a latitudinal transect in the southeastern Atlantic ocean. Samples were gathered from more than 5000 m depth in the Cape Basin, Angola Basin and Guinea Basin (SE. Atlantic); in a total of 5 working areas, sampling was performed for organisms of all size classes. The DIVA expeditions represent a German contribution to the multinational “Census of the Abyssal Marine Life” programme (CeDAMAr) which aims to compare and understand global abyssal biodiversity and biogeographic patterns. Sponges were collected with a modified Agassiz-trawl. Carnivorous sponge’s collection of genus Asbestopluma and Chondrocladia is represented by 23 specimens of 6 species: Asbestopluma sp.; Chondrocladia levii Cristobo, Urgorri & Rios, 2005; C. vaceleti Cristobo, Urgorri & Rios, 2005; C. nicolae Cristobo, Urgorri & Rios, 2005; C. guiteli Topsent, 1904 and Chondr ...
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