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Unusually diverse, abundant and endemic deep–sea sponge fauna revealed in the Sea of Okhotsk (NW Pacific Ocean)

Downey, Rachel; Fuchs, Melanie; Janussen, Dorte


The deep–sea sponge fauna of the NW (North–West) Pacific has been re–examined with new and previously collected specimens. In total, 555 new sponge specimens were collected in the under–explored deep Kuril Basin (Sea of Okhotsk), Bussol Strait and adjacent NW Pacific Ocean sites during the Russian–German expedition SokhoBio (Sea of Okhotsk Biodiversity Studies) in 2015. Our knowledge of Sea of Okhotsk deep–sea sponge species has nearly tripled (additional 19 spp.) as a result of this...[Show more]

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Date published: 2018
Type: Journal article
Source: Deep-Sea Research Part II: Tropical studies in oceanography
DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2018.02.005


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