Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
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14 Aprli 2014

Images related to the MBARI News Release
Researchers describe four new species of “killer sponges” from the deep sea

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Close-up view of Asbestopluma monticola, one of four new species of carnivorous sponges discovered off the West Coast of North America.
Image credit: © 2006 MBARI.


A large group of Asbestopluma monticola sponges growing on top of a dead sponge at Davidson Seamount, offshore of the Central California coast.
Image credit: © 2006 MBARI.


A group of Asbestopluma monticola sponges grows on an ancient lava flow at Davidson Seamount, offshore of the Central California coast.
Image credit: © 2006 MBARI.


A group of Cladorhiza evae sponges growing near a hydrothermal chimney along the Alarcon Rise, off the tip of Baja California.
Image credit: © 2013 MBARI.


The manipulator arm on MBARI's remotely operated vehicle Doc Ricketts collects a Cladorhiza caillieti sponge growing on a piece of carbonate crust on the seafloor off the coast of Southern California.
Image credit: © 2013 MBARI.


This microscope image shows the carcass of a small crustacean (possibly a deep-sea amphipod) that was caught in the spines of one of the newly discovered carnivorous sponges, Cladorhiza evae.
Image credit: (c) 2013 Henry Reiswig.


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