When I teach my invertebrate zoology course, we talk only very briefly about glass sponges, despite the fact that they’re super cool.
In this new paper the authors describe some incredible glass sponge #biodiversity off the coast of New Zealand. They used standard methods (morphology, genetics). But they also used phylometabolomics – that is, they successfully classified specimens based on metabolites in their tissues. That’s new to me!
OA paper 🔗 https://peerj.com/articles/15017/