Marine Animal Forests: The Ecology of Benthic Biodiversity Hotspots By Sergio Rossi, Lorenzo Bramanti, Andrea Gori, Covadonga Orejas
English | PDF | 2017 | 1369 Pages | ISBN : 3319210114 | 49.43 MB
During the last decades there has been an increasing evidence of drastic changes in marine ecosystems due to human-induced impacts, especially on benthic ecosystems. The so called “animal forests” are currently showing a dramatic loss of biomass and biodiversity all over the world. These communities are dominated by sessile suspension feeder organisms (such as sponges, corals, gorgonians, bivalves, etc.) that generate three-dimensional structures, similar to the trees in the terrestrial forest.