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Krikech, I.; Le Pennec, G.; Ezziyyani, M. (2022). Preliminary study of the shallow water sponges (Demospongiae) from the north-central Moroccan Mediterranean coast. AACL Bioflux. 15 (1): 305-313.
Krikech, I.; Le Pennec, G.; Ezziyyani, M.
Preliminary study of the shallow water sponges (Demospongiae) from the north-central Moroccan Mediterranean coast
AACL Bioflux
15 (1): 305-313
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North African sponges, particularly Mediterranean-Moroccan sponges, are understudied relative to Demospongiae in most other regions of the world. In this study, we compiled an inventory of species found in the north coast of Morocco following surveys conducted from July 2019 to June 2020. Twenty-seven sponge species were identified belonging to 22 different genera, 20 families and 11 orders. Dictyoceratida, Poecilosclerida, Clionaida and Haplosclerida orders are well represented in the collection, with 3 to 6 species each, with the first two groups appearing to have the highest diversity on the northern-central coast of Morocco. These preliminary results – considering the low number of species recorded in total – are encouraging and suggest that the marine biodiversity along the Northern Mediterranean coast of Morocco is high, but not sufficiently known yet.
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Acanthella acuta Schmidt, 1862 (additional source)
Agelas oroides (Schmidt, 1864) (additional source)
Aplysilla sulfurea Schulze, 1878 (additional source)
Aplysina aerophoba (Nardo, 1833) (additional source)
Axinella damicornis (Esper, 1794) (additional source)
Axinella polypoides Schmidt, 1862 (additional source)
Cacospongia mollior Schmidt, 1862 (additional source)
Chondrilla nucula Schmidt, 1862 (additional source)
Chondrosia reniformis Nardo, 1847 (additional source)
Cliona celata Grant, 1826 (additional source)
Cliona viridis (Schmidt, 1862) (additional source)
Crambe crambe (Schmidt, 1862) (additional source)
Dictyonella incisa (Schmidt, 1880) (additional source)
Dysidea fragilis (Montagu, 1814) (additional source)
Haliclona (Reniera) cratera (Schmidt, 1862) (additional source)
Haliclona (Reniera) mediterranea Griessinger, 1971 (additional source)
Ircinia dendroides (Schmidt, 1862) (additional source)
Ircinia variabilis (Schmidt, 1862) (additional source)
Myxilla (Myxilla) rosacea (Lieberkühn, 1859) (additional source)
Petrosia (Petrosia) ficiformis (Poiret, 1789) (additional source)
Phorbas fictitius (Bowerbank, 1866) (additional source)
Phorbas tenacior (Topsent, 1925) (additional source)
Prosuberites longispinus Topsent, 1893 (additional source)
Sarcotragus spinosulus Schmidt, 1862 (additional source)
Spirastrella cunctatrix Schmidt, 1868 (additional source)
Spongia (Spongia) officinalis Linnaeus, 1759 (additional source)
Spongionella pulchella (Sowerby, 1804) (additional source)
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