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Research Article

Preliminary Assessment of Sponge Biodiversity on Saba Bank, Netherlands Antilles

  • Robert W. Thacker mail,

    thacker@uab.edu

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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  • M. Cristina Díaz,

    Affiliation: Museo Marino de Margarita, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela

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  • Nicole J. de Voogd,

    Affiliation: Naturalis, National Museum of Natural History, Leiden, The Netherlands

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  • Rob W. M. van Soest,

    Affiliation: Zoological Museum of the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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  • Christopher J. Freeman,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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  • Andrew S. Mobley,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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  • Jessica LaPietra,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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  • Kevin Cope,

    Affiliation: Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America

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  • Sheila McKenna

    Affiliations: Deep Search Foundation, Alameda, California, United States of America, Ecology Centre and Commonwealth Facility for Applied Environmental Decision Analysis, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

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  • Published: May 21, 2010
  • DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0009622
  • Published in PLOS ONE

About the Authors

Robert W. Thacker, Christopher J. Freeman, Andrew S. Mobley, Jessica LaPietra, Kevin Cope
Department of Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, United States of America
M. Cristina Díaz
Museo Marino de Margarita, Nueva Esparta, Venezuela
Nicole J. de Voogd
Naturalis, National Museum of Natural History, Leiden, The Netherlands
Rob W. M. van Soest
Zoological Museum of the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Sheila McKenna
Deep Search Foundation, Alameda, California, United States of America
Sheila McKenna
Ecology Centre and Commonwealth Facility for Applied Environmental Decision Analysis, University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia

Corresponding Author

Email: thacker@uab.edu

Competing Interests

The authors have declared that no competing interests exist.

Author Contributions

Conceived and designed the experiments: RT SM. Performed the experiments: RT. Analyzed the data: RT. Contributed reagents/materials/analysis tools: RT MCD CJF. Wrote the paper: RT NJdV RWMvS CJF ASM JL KC SM. Completed the field survey: RT. Completed histology and microscopy to identify specimens: RT NJdV RWMvS CJF ASM JL KC. Confirmed sponge identifications: MCD. Identified historical specimens: NJdV RWMvS. Assisted with field surveys: SM.