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dc.contributor.authorPérez, Thierry
dc.contributor.authorDíaz, Maria-Cristina
dc.contributor.authorRuiz, César
dc.contributor.authorCóndor-Luján, Baslavi
dc.contributor.authorKlautau, Michelle
dc.contributor.authorHajdu, Eduardo
dc.contributor.authorLobo-Hajdu, Gisele
dc.contributor.authorZea, Sven
dc.contributor.authorPomponi, Shirley A.
dc.contributor.authorThacker, Robert W.
dc.contributor.authorCarteron, Sophie
dc.contributor.authorTollu, Guillaume
dc.contributor.authorPouget-Cuvelier, Adeline
dc.contributor.authorThélamon, Philippe
dc.contributor.authorMarechal, Jean-Philippe
dc.contributor.authorThomas, Olivier P.
dc.contributor.authorEreskovsky, Alexander V.
dc.contributor.authorVacelet, Jean
dc.contributor.authorBoury-Esnault, Nicole
dc.date.accessioned2018-09-20T16:21:27Z
dc.date.available2018-09-20T16:21:27Z
dc.date.issued2017-03-22
dc.identifier.citationPérez, Thierry; Díaz, Maria-Cristina; Ruiz, César; Cóndor-Luján, Baslavi; Klautau, Michelle; Hajdu, Eduardo; Lobo-Hajdu, Gisele; Zea, Sven; Pomponi, Shirley A. Thacker, Robert W.; Carteron, Sophie; Tollu, Guillaume; Pouget-Cuvelier, Adeline; Thélamon, Philippe; Marechal, Jean-Philippe; Thomas, Olivier P.; Ereskovsky, Alexander V.; Vacelet, Jean; Boury-Esnault, Nicole (2017). How a collaborative integrated taxonomic effort has trained new spongiologists and improved knowledge of martinique island (french antilles, eastern caribbean sea) marine biodiversity. PLOS ONE 12 (3),
dc.identifier.issn1932-6203
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10379/13451
dc.description.abstractAlthough sponges are important components of benthic ecosystems of the Caribbean Sea, their diversity remained poorly investigated in the Lesser Antilles. By organizing a training course in Martinique, we wanted both to promote taxonomy and to provide a first inventory of the sponge diversity on this island. The course was like a naturalist expedition, with a field laboratory and a classroom nearby. Early-career scientists and environmental managers were trained in sponge taxonomy. We gathered unpublished data and conducted an inventory at 13 coastal sites. We explored only shallow water habitats (0-30 m), such as mangroves, reefs or rocky bottoms and underwater caves. According to this study, the sponge fauna of Martinique is currently represented by a minimum of 191 species, 134 of which we could assign species names. One third of the remaining non-identified sponge species we consider to be new to science. Martinique appears very remarkable because of its littoral marine fauna harboring sponge aggregations with high biomass and species diversity dominating over coral species. In mangroves, sponges cover about 10% of the surface of subtidal roots. Several submarine caves are true reservoirs of hidden and insufficiently described sponge diversity. Thanks to this new collaborative effort, the Eastern Caribbean has gained a significant increase of knowledge, with sponge diversity of this area potentially representing 40% of the total in the Caribbean Sea. We thus demonstrated the importance of developing exploratory and educational research in areas historically devoid of biodiversity inventories and systematics studies. Finally, we believe in the necessity to consider not only the number of species but their distribution in space to evaluate their putative contribution to ecosystem services and our willingness to preserve them.
dc.publisherPublic Library of Science (PLoS)
dc.relation.ispartofPLOS ONE
dc.subjectcoral-reefs
dc.subjectsponges porifera
dc.subjectbenthic ecosystems
dc.subjectmangrove
dc.subjectdemospongiae
dc.subjectcommunities
dc.subjectdiversity
dc.subjectabundance
dc.subjectcuracao
dc.subjectbonaire
dc.titleHow a collaborative integrated taxonomic effort has trained new spongiologists and improved knowledge of martinique island (french antilles, eastern caribbean sea) marine biodiversity
dc.typeArticle
dc.identifier.doi10.1371/journal.pone.0173859
dc.local.publishedsourcehttp://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0173859
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