First record of coralline demosponges in the Pleistocene: implications for reef ecology

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Author(s): Kießling W
Journal: Coral Reefs
Publisher: Springer Verlag (Germany)
Publication year: 2009
Volume: 28
Journal issue: 4
Pages range: 867-870
ISSN: 0722-4028


We report the first discovery of coralline sponges from Pleistocene reef limestones of Vanuatu. Sponges of the genus Acanthochaetetes were identified from two reef terraces of Middle and Late Pleistocene age. As these sponges document cryptic habitats in modern coral reefs, they may be index fossils of cryptic habitats in the Pleistocene as well, thereby providing clues on growth conditions in fossil reefs. The small size of the discovered specimens may be attributed to the transient nature of their cryptic habitats, either due to reef growth or the occurrence of an unusual event. © Springer-Verlag 2009.

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Kießling, Wolfgang Prof. Dr.
Lehrstuhl für Paläoumwelt

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