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Sponge Bioerosion – A Review

S. Sreeremya, M. Flory Shobana

Abstract


The growth and maintenance of coral reefs is the result of an equilibrium between the deposition and the erosion of carbonate. An important part of the erosion process is of a biological nature and is termed bioerosion. In coral reefs, bioerosion is driven by an increased diversity of organisms but, generally, the dominant groups around the world are boring sponges. Such sponges can remove large percent of calcareous material.

Keywords: bioeroson, calcareous, coral reefs, sponge

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