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Lithistid sponges of the upper bathyal of Madeira, Selvagens and Canary Islands, with description of a new species of Isabella

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  10 September 2014

F.C. Carvalho
Affiliation:
CIBIO, Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos, InBIO Laboratório Associado, Universidade do Porto, Campus Agrário de Vairão, Rua Padre Armando Quintas, 4485-668 Vairão, Portugal
S.A. Pomponi
Affiliation:
Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute, Florida Atlantic University, 5600 US 1 North, Fort Pierce, FL 34946, USA
J.R. Xavier*
Affiliation:
Centre for Geobiology and Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Thormøhlensgate 53A, 5006 Bergen, Norway
*
Correspondence should be addressed to: J.R. Xavier, Centre for Geobiology and Department of Biology, University of Bergen, Thormøhlensgate 53A/B, N-5020 Bergen, Norway email: joana.xavier@bio.uib.no

Abstract

Desma-bearing sponges, also known as lithistids or rock sponges, are a group typical of bathyal environments throughout tropical and warm-temperate regions. In this study the lithistids collected in the course of the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute eastern Atlantic 1991 campaign to Madeira, Selvagens and the Canary Islands were identified and assigned to eight species, representing eight genera and five families. Several constitute new records for these islands and one is a new species of Isabella, a genus thus far only known from the Norfolk Ridge in New Caledonia, that is here described and illustrated. Some considerations are made in regards to the diversity and biogeographical affinities of the Atlanto-Mediterranean lithistid sponges.

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Copyright © Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom 2014 

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