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New sponges from French Polynesia

1 September 2014. Approximately 300 specimens and 600 images of nearly 100 OTUs were added to SpongeMaps, representing new benthic species from the vast and still largely unexplored oceanic territory of French Polynesia. This material was collected by Dr Cecile Debitus's group at IRD Tahiti, studying the biodiversity and chemical resources from the huge mid eastern Pacific Ocean seabed.

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