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Data from Kahn et al. (Trophic ecology of glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia)
Data from Kahn et al. (Trophic ecology of glass sponge reefs in the Strait of Georgia, British Columbia)Download
Sponges link the microbial loop with benthic communities by feeding on bacteria. Glass sponge reefs on the continental shelf of western Canada have extremely high grazing rates, consuming seven times more particulate carbon than can be supplied by vertical flux alone. Unlike many sponges, the...
Suspension feeders are an important component of carbon exchange between the water column and the seafloor, a process called pelagic-benthic coupling. Sponges (Phylum Porifera) are filter feeders that consume especially small particles. They eat bacteria, which are inaccessible to most other...