Aquat. Lett. A review on fish growth calculation: multiple functions in fish production and their specific application. Giant specimens may reach a diameter of up to 2 meters. Estimates of particulate organic carbon flowing from the pelagic environment to the benthos through sponge assemblages. Aquac (2014). Despite the ecological importance of barrel sponges there has only been one previous study quantifying their growth rate in the Caribbean; there are currently no estimates of Xestospongia spp. 143, 415–426 (2003). Google Scholar. spp. ISSN 2045-2322 (online). A one-way analysis of covariance (ANCOVA) was used to examine the influence of depth on sponge growth, with initial volume as the covariate and depth (10, 20, 30 m) as a fixed factor. Werner, E. E. & Gilliam, J. F. The ontogenetic niche and species interactions in size-structured populations. Volumetric measurements were calculated using stereo calibration and measurement software (CAL and PhotoMeasure) created by J. Seager (; calibration procedures are described in the Supplementary Information. Giant barrel sponges in the genus Xestospongia may be among the largest benthic invertebrates providing habitat and fulfilling ecosystem services on reefs where coral is declining. 46, 143–152 (2012). After the growth rate at each site was considered independently by calculating unique Akaike weights, multi-model inference (MMI) with model averaging was utilized for each site (detailed in the Supplementary Information).Then, in order to quantify the influence of site on Xestospongia spp. Interestingly, results demonstrate that Indo-Pacific barrel sponges achieve a comparable size to that of their Caribbean cohorts much faster, and therefore large barrel sponges on Indo-Pacific reefs are more comparable to Pine trees rather than the Redwoods proposed in the Caribbean23. All significantly contributing OTUs are reported for each pair. Mar. Proc. Sponge density surveys were only conducted once for each site in 2014. 4, 353–360 (2013). Due to the highly diverse morphologies of Indo-Pacific Xestospongia spp., sponges were categorized as either cylinder, barrel, sphere, inverted truncated elliptical cone, or frustrum of a cone. Molecular analyses are required in order to clarify this issue and fully describe the nature of the species complex. These earlier experimental results combined with our relatively fast growth rate estimates suggest barrel sponges may be more resilient to some environmental impacts, particularly increased sedimentation and turbidity, than might be expected, and may actually benefit from these conditions in some circumstances. 84, 175–194 (2006). In the third chapter, I These results highlight the importance of geographic differences in barrel sponge growth dynamics, and particularly how little is known about the mechanisms driving them. J. Zool. Integr. Akaike, H. A new look at the statistical model identification. Emily McGrath designed the study, performed the field work and analyses, and drafted the manuscript. Bunodeopsis globulifera Sarsia 78, 83–96 (1993). Barthel, D. & Tendal, O. S. The sponge association of the abyssal Norwegian Greenland Sea: species composition, substrate relationships and distribution. Size increment volume data ranging from 2014 and 2016 were fitted to the candidate growth models by nonlinear least-squares regression (nlsLM, R) using the Levenberg-Marquardt algorithm. Only 5.9% of sponges showed negative SGRs, the remaining were positive. The functional roles of marine sponges. 15, 347–400 (2006). Rev. 52, 293–303 (2001). Rev. Sponges ranged in volume from approximately 80,000 cm3 to 310,000 cm3 (n = 10). Tissue loss due to smothering by coral rubble and sedimentation was also common. & Zabala, M. Growth dynamics in four Mediterranean demosponges. Mar. Mar. Significant pairwise comparisons were not detected at Lee Stocking Island and are not reported. This proposal addresses part of that gap in our knowledge by measuring the pumping rates of the most conspicuous sponge on Caribbean reefs, the giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta. Article  Growth and longevity in giant barrel sponges: Redwoods of the reef or Pines in the Indo-Pacific? Learn about our remote access options, Department of Molecular, Cellular and Biomedical Sciences, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 03824 USA, School of Marine Science and Ocean Engineering, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH, 03824 USA. The size-at-age extrapolation used in this study followed multi-model inference (MMI) with a model averaging method commonly employed in other fields to ensure a robust estimation of size at any given age55. Some parameter estimates in the remaining models had moderately large standard errors, likely due to the large parameter number in candidate models (given the apparent linear trend between 2014 and 2016 sizes, Supplementary Fig. Based on bulk stable isotopic variability, sponges collected from LC were generally more enriched in 15N and less enriched in 13C as depth increased, suggesting a transition from dependency on photoautotrophy to heterotrophy as depth increased. The mean SGR for across sites was 0.47 ± 0.07 (including negative values), and SGRs were as fast as 6.24 yr−1 (Sampela 1) and as slow as −0.12 yr−1 (or 0.003 non-negative; Buoy 1 and Sampela 1, respectively). This makes it the longest living animal. 375, 113–124 (2009). The much faster growth rates described in this study compared to those reported in the Caribbean may partly explain the high abundance at low quality sites. J. Evol. 1). (Springer Science & Business Media, 2003). Biol. Unlimited viewing of the article/chapter PDF and any associated supplements and figures. Resilience to disturbance despite limited dispersal and self-recruitment in tropical barrel sponges: implications for conservation and management. The role of sponge competition on coral reef alternative steady states. Mol. There was evidence of substantial model support throughout multiple candidate models based on AICc scores such that estimates were strongly supported32. 9, 178–187 (2008). Res. It is important to note, however, that the picoplankton ingested by sponges29 are likely to have a variety of chlorophyll types, and that dissolved organic matter and heterotrophic picoplankton may provide alternative sources of food. The relationship between volume (cm3) at age (years) for all sites combined was determined by predicting size-at-age t, and then weighting by wi to obtain the model averaged estimate of size-at-age t. When models of best fit were model averaged and extrapolated to 50 years, the resultant curve was characterized by periods of slow initial growth with a gradual increase over time (Fig. Article  ADS  Sponges are one of the dominant fauna on Florida and Caribbean coral reefs, with species diversity often exceeding that of scleractinian corals. Ecol. Reef-building corals and macroalgae have been regularly included in assessments of coral reef communities, however very little is known about the long-term dynamics of sponge populations. Mar. It seems reasonable that sponges would not have recruited immediately to the wreck until suitable biofilms had formed, and therefore the age estimates from the wreck provide strong independent support for our size-at-age estimates in the Wakatobi Marine National Park. Furthermore, the recognized Indo-Pacific Xestospongia species complex comprised of cryptic species26,27 may also confound measurements of growth. Ehrlén, J. 45, 369–376 (2005). 3). Abdo, D. A. et al. 65, 13–21 (2011). Rev. Further research on the feeding biology of Xestospongia spp. Becerro, M. A. Quantitative trends in sponge ecology research. This variability, in conjunction with the temporal difference between sponge surveys (2 years herein as compared to 4.5 in the Caribbean)22, may render SGR a less appropriate and robust method of growth estimation in this study. Google Scholar. Sci Rep 8, 15317 (2018). In 2014 stereo photogrammetry (as described in the Methods above) was used to measure the volume of 10 haphazardly distributed sponges in an effort to provide an earliest possible date (1963) when Xestospongia spp. Biol. Ser. & Uriz, M. J. 222, 1847–1853 (2011). Giant barrel sponge (Xestospongia muta) exhibiting exposed tissue where portions of the barrels have been sheared off by the storm. The elkhorn coral colony at West Flower Garden Bank is situated behind the barrel sponge in this photo (October 2008) . Mortality estimates were possible only at Buoy 1 and Sampela 1 and were variable; the highest mortality recorded was 11 individuals in one year (Sampela 1, 2014) and the lowest 3 (Buoy 1, 2015). PubMed CrossRef PubMedCentral Google Scholar Previous research on barrel sponges suggests that they should be susceptible to environmental disturbance. Ecol. Rep. 5, 13946 (2015). Sponges link water column productivity and the benthic community via benthic-pelagic coupling13,14, by facilitating carbon transport15,16, and nitrogen15 and silicon cycling17. While there were individuals that represented large sponge sites at each site, it is possible that even larger sponges present at these sites were not found and therefore underrepresented, which could affect model fit and size-at-age estimates. Although there was no direct cause visible in the photographs, the nature of the injuries were suggestive of anchor damage. Maldonado, M. The ecology of the sponge larva. Hydrobiologia 687, 219–226 (2012). To view a copy of this license, visit Jiménez, E. & Ribes, M. Sponges as a source of dissolved inorganic nitrogen: nitrification mediated by temperate sponges. 357, 139–151 (2008). Sponge images were collected yearly from Sampela 1, Buoy 1, Ridge 1, and Kaledupa Double Spur, while wider WMNP sites (Wanci, Tomea, and Karang Gurita) were sampled in 2014. CAS  PubMed Central  42, 178–184 (1997). Ecol. There are further examples where large sponge size does not correlate with long life in sponges. 23, 1–13 (2014). PLoS One 9.3, e91635 (2014). Limnol. They have a large body size, low population connectivity28, slow growth, are likely long-lived22, and have high larval mortality common to broadcast spawning59. Some degraded reefs are characterized by high levels of sedimentation and low coral cover in this area, but support large populations of the ecologically important giant barrel sponge Xestospongia spp. It is possible that the timeframe of the present study was not adequate to detect periods of rapid adaptive growth during less stressful conditions. Demogr. 1). While 5.9% of sponges in this study had a negative growth rate, Caribbean sponges exhibited only positive growth. 496 (2017). At Sampela 1, for instance, competition with other benthic taxa is reduced than at the other sites as the coral cover is low, which would be expected to influence density, mean volume, and potentially growth rates. A repeated measures two-way ANOVA was used to examine the effect of site and year on mean sponge volume. Nova Publishers (eds. The range of SGRs herein was also larger (−0.12–6.24 yr−1 as compared to 0.02–4.04 yr−1 in the Caribbean)22. They also obtain oxygen from the water during this process. Chadwick, N. E. & Morrow, K. M. In Coral Reefs: an ecosystem in transition 347–371 (Springer, 2011). If material is not included in the article’s Creative Commons license and your intended use is not permitted by statutory regulation or exceeds the permitted use, you will need to obtain permission directly from the copyright holder. Bell, J. J. et al. Contr. The oldest sponge measured (552,937.89 cm3) was estimated to be approximately 33 years old. The impacts of predation and habitat degradation on coral reef sponges. Natl. Xestospongia spp. If you do not receive an email within 10 minutes, your email address may not be registered, Burnham, K. P. & Anderson, D. R. Model selection and multimodel inference: a practical information-theoretic approach. Ecosyst. Combining the sites for model averaging, however, resulted in a larger sample size (n = 121), which is in line with previous studies22. Here the demography of Xestospongia spp. Fish Fish. Powell, A. Once an acorn barnacle attaches as an adult, it surrounds itself with a strong shell that provides it protection from predation and allows it to trap some water during low tide. These sponges rarely stop pumping25 and are highly efficient in retaining picoplankton (62–97%), while also consuming dissolved organic carbon (DOC)29. Four ‘core’ sites were surveyed around Hoga Island in the Wakatobi Marine National Park (WMNP) between 2014 and 2016: Sampela 1, Ridge 1, Buoy 1, and Kaledupa Double Spur (Fig. B. C. & Buss, L. Alleopathy and spatial competition among coral reef invertebrates. The importance of competitor identity, morphology and ranking methodology to outcomes in interference competition between sponges. Wulff, J. Sponge predators may determine differences in sponge fauna between two sets of mangrove cays, Belize barrier reef. Katsanevakis, S. Modelling fish growth: model selection, multi-model inference and model selection uncertainty. The authors declare no competing interests. & Barnes, D. K. A. In contrast, using the age at size relationships Caribbean Xestospongia muta would age the biggest sponge on the wreck at approximately 100 years old, much older than the wreck itself (though caution should be taken in such a direct comparison due to the inherent error associated with X. muta age extrapolation)22. pale anemone. As the ship sank in 1963, the maximum age the sponges could be at the time of measurements (2014) is 51 years old. Giant barrel sponges, Xestospongia spp., are a source of many new compounds and are found in a broad geographical range. The datasets generated and analysed during the current study are available from the corresponding author on reasonable request. View the article PDF and any associated supplements and figures for a period of 48 hours. However, it is currently unknown whether such characteristics are applicable to Xestospongia spp. in other areas of Sulawesi have been reported to be constrained to deeper depths46, supporting a limited reliance on symbionts. Box 600, Wellington, 6140, New Zealand, Research and Development Centre on Marine, Coastal and Small Islands, Hasanuddin University, Makassar, Indonesia, You can also search for this author in Using the model averaged size-at-age curve from the combined Hoga Island sites, the age of the largest sponge measured was estimated to be 27 years old. 2B). Coast. de Goeij, J. M. et al. 3). Use the link below to share a full-text version of this article with your friends and colleagues. volume (cm3) at each site (±SE); (A) mean volume gained from 2014–2016 for Buoy 1 (B1), Kaledupa Double Spur (KDS), Ridge 1 (R1), and Sampela 1 (S1), and (B) mean volume across years at each site. In this study, the relationship between the metabolome and the geographical location of sponges within the genus Xestospongia spp. 144, 449–462 (2004). Mar. 61, 1271–1286 (2016). density varied significantly across sites around Hoga Island and across the wider Wakatobi Marine National Park (one-way ANOVA: F2,7 = 3.889, P = 0.008; n = 268). Sponges were collected along a depth gradient at Little Cayman (LC) and Lee Stocking Island (LSI), and the microbiome of these samples was analysed using 16S rRNA amplicon sequencing. Classical mathematical models for description and prediction of experimental tumor growth., DOI: Ecol. We are also grateful to the staff and volunteers of Hoga Island Marine Research Station. 2008;17:1840–9. Estuar. Assoc. The giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta, is a high microbial abundance sponge found on Caribbean coral reefs along shallow to mesophotic depth gradients where multiple abiotic factors change with depth. In the same study, a sponge with a volume of 632,912.80 cm3 was predicted to be nearly 242 years old. Thacker, R. W. Impacts of shading on sponge-cyanobacteria symbioses: a comparison between host-specific and generalist associations. PubMed  fill ecologically important roles on coral reefs due to their large size and water column interactions. PubMed Google Scholar. Similarly, Indo-Pacific Xestospongia spp. In order to retrospectively extrapolate Xestospongia spp. Diouf, K. et al. However, based on the results of our size-at-age calculation, and despite the acknowledged sources of potential error we are confident in our age estimations for Xestospongia. Model averaged size-at-age for all models combined. Data were collected from depths of 1 to 30 m. Abiotic and biotic characteristics of these sites are summarized from previous studies in Supplementary Table 1. Models were discarded from further analysis if they failed in predicting reliable asymptotic lengths, or those representative of realistic size estimates based on known sponge sizes39. Sponges are potentially very long-lived (McMurray et al. Oceanogr. Can. A giant barrel sponge living in the backyard of the underwater research vessel Aquarius may be one of the planet's oldest living creatures. Efficiently measuring complex sessile epibenthic organisms using a novel photogrammetric technique. Data were collected from June to August in 2014, 2015 and 2016. Article  Ecol. ADS  Despite this highly efficient feeding, it has been suggested that Caribbean X. muta growth is variable and they could live to be hundreds or possibly even thousands of years old22. density and mean volume was high at a site previously characterized by comparatively higher levels of turbidity and decreased light availability (Supplementary Table 2). ISME J. continue to grow at comparable rates across sites, even in those that might be considered less than optimal (e.g. Individual sponge volume for B1 (n = 64, 52, 58), KDS (n = 29, 19, 22), R1 (n = 26, 20, 20), and S1 (n = 84, 85, and 67 for 2014, 2015, and 2016, respectively) was highly variable and ranged from 19.99 to 552,937.89 cm3 across sites and years. It appears that environmental factors that change with depth may contribute to differences in X. muta microbial assemblages, demonstrating the importance of contemporaneous environmental sampling in studies of the microbiome of sponges. PERMANOVA with pairwise comparisons for (A) Little Cayman and (B) Lee Stocking Island. Setiawan, E., De Voogd, N. J., Hooper, J. N. A., Woerheide, G. & Erpenbeck, D. Bottomless barrel-sponge species in the Indo-Pacific? Digital images for stereo photogrammetric analysis were taken with a Fujifilm FinePix Real 3D W3 Digital Camera with corresponding underwater camera housing. An amendment to this paper has been published and can be accessed via a link at the top of the paper. … From 2015–2016, however, the volume gained at Kaledupa Double Spur was over eight-fold larger than the volumes reported in the Caribbean22 (40,676.99 ± 12,479.05 cm3), though highly variable. Ecol. 72, 5160–5163 (1975). 328, 277–288 (2006). López-Victoria, M., Zea, S. & Weil, E. Competition for space between encrusting excavating Caribbean sponges and other coral reef organisms. Ecol. 1). PubMed  A recent study found barrel sponges from the Wakatobi Marine National Park to be resilient to the effects of sediment, particularly through the production of mucous, which aids the removal of sediment from the sponge surface61. Guy Harvey Oceanographic Center Facility. Giant Barrel Sponges filter a tremendous amount of water throughout their lifespan (some living up to 2000 years) which increases water clarity, controls algae, and affects coral populations. & Morris, W. F. Predicting changes in the distribution and abundance of species under environmental change. PubMed Central  One-way ANOVAs were used to examine the effect of site on specific growth rate, yearly gains in volume, and sponge density averaged across depths. Atoll Res. Biol. An organism’s lifespan, along with its population and individual growth rate, can potentially be used to predict its resilience to environmental disturbance or exploitation7. Sociobiol. (B) Multiple generalized linear models (MGLM) for all pairwise comparisons at Little Cayman. Patterns of stable isotopic enrichment were largely invariant at LSI, which is also reflected in the more stable microbial community along the depth gradient. Ecol. The Caribbean barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta, is a large and common member of the coral reef communities at depths greater than 10 m, and has been called the “redwood of the deep”. PubMed Central  Limnol. Katsanevakis, S. & Maravelias, C. D. Modelling fish growth: multi‐model inference as a better alternative to a priori using von Bertalanffy equation. Rohde, S. & Schupp, P. J. From 2000 to 2006, population densities of X. muta significantly increased at sites on Conch Reef by a mean of 46% (range = 16–108%) and on Pickles Reef by a mean of 33%. PLoS One 7, e29569 (2012). The images or other third party material in this article are included in the article’s Creative Commons license, unless indicated otherwise in a credit line to the material. Significant effects were investigated further with Tukey post-hoc tests. has been poorly studied despite being widespread across the region and likely to fulfil similar functional roles. Annu. Rarefaction curve for each depth zone generated in QIIME using Map of the study area in relation to Indonesia and the Wakatobi Marine National Park, as well as the study sites (red dots) with the proximity to Kaledupa Island, Hoga Island and Sampela village (map backgrounds: © OpenStreetMap contributors, CC BY-SA). 29, 167–177 (2008). Giant barrel sponges feed by filtering water through the body wall, trapping food particles and excreting waste materials into the inner bowl. Sponge density was calculated by dividing the total sponge number at each site by the total area sampled during timed roving diver swims of transects approximately 50 m wide (as quantified by pre-measured fin kicks): Buoy 1 (4,500 m2), Sampela 1 (5,450 m2), Kaledupa Double Spur (5,952 m2), Ridge 1 (5,238 m2), Wanci (3,500 m2), Tomea (11,880 m2), Karang Gurita (22,780 m2). Special Issue: Special Issue on Microbial Communities. These studies have all detected shifts in the normally stable microbial communities due to altered environmental conditions and these shifts have simultaneously correlated with a decline in sponge health. James Bell co-designed the study and co-authored the manuscript. Surviving in a marine desert: the sponge loop retains resources within coral reefs. This renewal project would investigate the chemical ecology of Caribbean reef sponges, a group whose … Next Generation: Daniela Tizabi . Although the largest sponge measured in the present study was slightly smaller at 552,937.89 cm3, and error is expected to increase with the extrapolation of large sponge age, we estimated it to be a maximum of 33 years old based on the model-averaged growth curve (Fig. Wulff, J. L. Ecological interactions of marine sponges. populations. All statistical analyses were performed by SPSS v. 22 and in R (version 3.3.3) and plotted with SigmaPlot v. 11.0 and R. Data were tested for normality and homogeneity of variance; volume, density, and SGR were log10-transformed. A robust population of the giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta, appeared healthy with none of the signs of disease or bleaching reported from other Caribbean reefs; however, more recent reports of anchor chain damage to these sponges suggests that human activities can have dramatic impacts on these communities. Rather than making an arbitrary choice a priori and identifying the “best” candidate model(s), multi-model inference (MMI) using model averaging can be used to estimate parameters from multiple or an entire set of candidate models in order to reduce selection uncertainty32. 477, 251–263 (2000). Tube, barrel, and finger sponges have vertical morphologies. Furthermore, recent observations from deeper water sites in the Wakatobi Marine National Park (50–85 m) have found large populations of Xestospongia that all appear completely ‘bleached’ but otherwise healthy, suggesting that barrel sponges can survive in almost complete absence of the photosymbionts (Bell unpublished data). Bell, J. J. Article  79, 341–353 (2008). Sponges are one of the most ancient and simple metazoans that have evolved into an abundant, diverse, and ecologically important group in both marine and freshwater habitats9,10. Prog. Ser. Age was extrapolated and validated based on sponge size on a shipwreck of known age. Aiptasia pallida. The wreck rests on a sand slope adjacent to a shallow reef (8–10 m) and runs from 5 m to 22 m at its base. Acorn barnacles live along rocky shores throughout the north Atlantic and north Pacific oceans. Ecol. PLoS One 8, e74396 (2013). The oldest giant barrel sponge found off the coast of Venezuela and estimated to be 2300 years old died from SOB in only a few weeks. CAS  Article  No environmental data were collected for the sites sampled in the wider WMNP, although previous studies have provided environmental descriptions28. Reduced diversity and high sponge abundance on a sedimented Indo-Pacific reef system: implications for future changes in environmental quality. McMurray, S. E., Pawlik, J. R. & Finelli, C. M. Trait-mediated ecosystem impacts: how morphology and size affect pumping rates of the Caribbean giant barrel sponge. Key Words: Barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta, recovery, reattachment, restoration Introduction The giant barrel sponge, Xestospongia muta, is an abundant, large, and important component of the southeast Florida reef system. Barrel sponges (Xestospongia spp.) Google Scholar. 1). It is possible that barrel sponges have specific adaptions to live in the sedimented conditions at Sampela 1 that support their success. Therefore, accurate measures of growth, recruitment, mortality, and age-structure are needed to support appropriate conservation and management strategies8. As we were unable to differentiate which species were surveyed, and due to the demographic nature of the study, all sponges were treated at the level of genus. My research focuses on marine natural products and drug discovery.

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