CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE TAXONOMY OF SPONGES
by W. Clifford Jones
by: Jean Vacelet & Claude Donadey, Rob W. M. van Soest,
Radovan Borojevic & Nicole Bourry-Esnault, Maurizio Pansini,
Maria-Jesus Uriz, Walentina II. de Weerdt, W. Clifford Jones,
Shirley M. Stone, Elspeth Boardley & Martin Gill
This book is an outcome of the "Sponge Workshop" held at Sherkin
Island Marine Station from 10-17th September, 1983. The Workshop
was organized by Miss Shirley M. Stone, Dr. Rob van Soest
and Dr. Nicole Boury-Esnault, and was attended, in addition,
by Miss Elspeth Broadley, Mrs. Patricia Fry, Mr. M. Gill,
Dr. W. Clifford Jones, Dr. Ines Lombas, Dr. Maurizio Pansini,
Mr. C. Spurrier, Dr. Ole Tendal, Dr. Maria J. Uriz, Dr. Jean
Vacelet and Drs. Wallie de Weerdt. During the conference the
Marine Station Director, Mr. Matt Murphy, offered to finance
the publication of a book and the offer was gratefully accepted.
of the Workshop were:
collect local specimens of sponges, identify them and
discuss their scientific names;
discuss the systematics of sponges in order to reach a
concensus of opinion on the North East Atlantic species;
establish contacts between sponge researchers from different
European countries in order to facilitate the exchange
of material and ideas, and to accelerate progress by greater
collaborative effort. The Workshop was certainly successful
in promoting progress in all three directions.
included in this book may appear at first sight to comprise
a heterogeneous collection, reflecting as they do the current
diverse research interests of the authors, but they are all
useful contributions to the systematics of sponges. New species
are described, revised classifications are proposed, new facts
concerning sponge structures are given, systematic keys are
provided, and there is new information concerning geographical
and depth distributions, habitat preferences and skeletal
variation of sponges. Modern sponge taxonomy clearly utilizes
information from a wide range of research, involving very
different techniques, and the contributions included here
will undoubtedly stimulate further research and lead towards
an increased understanding of the ecology and evolution of
the European sponges.
new species of Halisarca (Porifera, Demospongiae)
from the Carribean, with remarks on the cytology and affinities
of the genus." - Jean Vacelet & Claude Donadey.
and taxonomic notes on some Eastern Atlantic sponges." -
Rob M.W. van Soest.
of the genus Leucilla Haeckel, 1872, with a re-description
of the type species." - Leucilla amphora Haeckel,
1872 - Radovan borojevic & Nicole Boury-Esnault.
on a collection of Demospongiae from soft bottoms of the
Eastern Adriatic Sea." - Maurizio Pansini.
from the South-West of Africa: description of species."
- Maria-Jesus Uriz.
marine shallow-water Chalinidae (haplosclerida, Porifera)
of the British Isles." - Walentina H. de Weerdt.
variations in the skeleton and spicule dimensions of Haliclona
elegans (Bowerbank) sensu Topsent (1887) from two sites
in North Wales." - W. Clifford Jones
characteristics of some conspicuous sublittoral sponges
from Roaringwater Bay, County Cork, Ireland." - Shirley
M. Stone, Elspeth Boardley and Martin Gill.
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