Ecophysiology of mesohyl creep in the demosponge Chondrosia reniformis (Porifera: Chondrosida)

Dario Fassini, Lorenzo Parma, Iain C. Wilkie, Giorgio Bavestrello, Francesco Bonasoro, M.D. Candia Carnevali

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Chondrosia reniformis is a common marine demosponge that shows striking tissue plasticity and unusual body deformability. This sponge can develop long and slender outgrowths extending from the parental body. According to some authors, this phenomenon, called “creeping”, can be related to asexual reproduction, atypical mechanisms of «localized» locomotion or passive response to environmental stress. Here we address this phenomenon by means of an interdisciplinary approach consisting of field survey, experimental field
studies and experimental laboratory studies.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)24-31
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Experimental Marine Biology and Ecology
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2012


  • environmental stress
  • mesohyl creeping
  • mechanical properties
  • extra cellular matrix
  • demospongiae


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