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Data set name

Species list of Marine sponges (Porifera) around Maltese Coasts

Data holding centreDepartment of Biology, University of Malta
CountryMalta  Malta
ProjectShallow water marine sponges (Porifera) around Maltese coasts(Sponge Survey)
Time periodMay 1990 August 1990 October 1990 August 1991 - October 1991 May 1992 August 1992 - September 1992 Jannuary 1993 March 1993 August 1993 September 1994 - October 1994
OngoingNo
Geographical area

17 localities around the Maltese Islands including Malta, Gozo, Comino and Filfla

Observations 
Parameters

Fauna abundance per unit area of the bed; Habitat characterisation

Instruments

Pelagic trawl nets; observers

Description 
Summary

A four year diving survey was carried out to study the occurrence and distribution of shallow water sponges, using direct observation techniques, around the Maltese Islands. In all, 33 species of Porifera were identified, most of which are new records for the Maltese Islands. The project also involved the study of the bathymetric distribution and abundance of the species. A species list of the sponges recorded was compiled.

OriginatorsDepartment of Biology, University of Malta
Availability 
OrganisationDepartment of Biology, University of Malta
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactJoseph Borg
Address

Department of Biology, University of Malta
Department of Biology, University of Malta
Msida

MSD 2080
Malta

Telephone21342488
Facsimile(356) 2132 3781
Emailjoseph.a.borg@um.edu.mt
Administration 
Collating centreInternational Ocean Institute - Malta Operational Centre (University Of Malta) / Physical Oceanography Unit
Local identifier45003001
Global identifier504
Last revised2009-03-17