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Influence of re-orientation on alignment to flow and tissue production in a Spongia sp.(Porifera:Demospongiae:Dictyoceratida)

McDonald, Justin I., McGuinness, Keith A. and Hooper, John N. A. (2003). Influence of re-orientation on alignment to flow and tissue production in a Spongia sp.(Porifera:Demospongiae:Dictyoceratida). Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology,296(1):13-22.

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Title Influence of re-orientation on alignment to flow and tissue production in a Spongia sp.(Porifera:Demospongiae:Dictyoceratida)
Author McDonald, Justin I.
McGuinness, Keith A.
Hooper, John N. A.
Journal Name Journal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Publication Date 2003
Volume Number 296
Issue Number 1
ISSN 0022-0981   (check CDU catalogue  open catalogue search in new window)
Scopus ID 2-s2.0-0141613100
Start Page 13
End Page 22
Total Pages 10
Place of Publication Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1000 AE
Publisher Elsevier
Field of Research 0602 - Ecology
HERDC Category C1 - Journal Article (DEST)
Abstract Spongia individuals on intertidal reefs in Darwin Harbour displayed a distinct tendency to orientate towards a strong uni-directional water flow, their longest axis facing across the water current. Individuals rotated by 90° re-orientated tissue to face across the prevailing currents. There were significant differences in growth between re-orientated sponges, and both moved control and undisturbed control treatments. Compared to mean growth rates of -1.27 cm year-1 (from undisturbed controls) and - 1.68 cm year-1 (from moved controls), re-orientated individuals had significantly higher growth rates (46.15 cm year-1). Increased volumetric growth of re-orientated individuals was not a result of re-arrangement of existing tissue but a consequence of the production of more sponge tissue, evident by an increase in sponge volume. Increased tissue production identified in this study may be beneficial to researchers growing sponges for aquaculture purposes.
DOI http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0022-0981(03)00302-2   (check subscription with CDU E-Gateway service for CDU Staff and Students  check subscription with CDU E-Gateway in new window)
 
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