[Coral-List] Information on Red Sea sponges

Jade Berman jadeberman at hotmail.com
Wed May 14 06:25:54 EDT 2008

Hi Nikki,

The link below should take you to a sponge taxonomy guide by Michelle Kelly that is easy to use.  

There is also John Hoopers spongeguide to help you get the hang of it.

The reference below has great pictures of the different types of sponge larvae which will be really helpful for identifying which sponges are in the plankton and therefore might settle on your artificial reefs.
The dynamics of sponge larvae assemblages from northwestern Mediterranean nearshore bottoms Authors: Mariani, Simone1; Uriz, María Jesus1; Turon, Xavier2 Source: Journal of Plankton Research, 

Volume 27, Number 3, March 2005
, pp. 249-262(14)


I can't help you with Red sea sponges directly as I have not worked there but these references should at least get you started on sponges in general.  If any of the links don't work I can send you the PDF's directly.Good luck!Jade
Jade BermanPhd Student working on the temporal and spatial variability of sponge assemblages
School of Biological SciencesVictoria University WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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> I will be spending the summer in the Gulf of Aqaba, Red Sea, looking at sponge recruitment on artificial reefs.  However, I am currently no expert on sponges and am trying to locate a book that will help me.  Does anyone know of such a book that I could get? My search so far has bought me nothing.
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> Nikki
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