Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxii
  2. Sergio Rossi, Lorenzo Bramanti, Andrea Gori, Covadonga Orejas
    Pages 1-28
  3. Taxonomy, Biodiversity, Biogeography, and Evolution of Animal Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 29-29
    2. Héctor Reyes-Bonilla, Eric Jordán-Dahlgren
      Pages 31-72
    3. Marcelo de Oliveira Soares, Tito Monteiro da Cruz Lotufo, Leandro Manzoni Vieira, Sula Salani, Eduardo Hajdu, Helena Matthews-Cascon et al.
      Pages 73-110
    4. Manuel Maldonado, Ricardo Aguilar, Raymond J. Bannister, James J. Bell, Kim W. Conway, Paul K. Dayton et al.
      Pages 145-183
    5. Sam Kahng, Joshua M. Copus, Daniel Wagner
      Pages 185-206
    6. Andrea Gori, Giorgio Bavestrello, Jordi Grinyó, Carlos Dominguez-Carrió, Stefano Ambroso, Marzia Bo
      Pages 207-233
    7. Lea-Anne Henry, J. Murray Roberts
      Pages 235-256
    8. Günter Försterra, Verena Häussermann, Jürgen Laudien
      Pages 277-313
    9. Julian Gutt, Vonda Cummings, Paul K. Dayton, Enrique Isla, Anke Jentsch, Stefano Schiaparelli
      Pages 315-344
    10. Marco Milazzo, Maoz Fine, Emanuela Claudia La Marca, Cinzia Alessi, Renato Chemello
      Pages 345-367
    11. Charles F. Boudouresque, Aurélie Blanfuné, Mireille Harmelin-Vivien, Sébastien Personnic, Sandrine Ruitton, Thierry Thibaut et al.
      Pages 369-396
    12. Cristina Gioia Di Camillo, Giorgio Bavestrello, Carlo Cerrano, Cinzia Gravili, Stefano Piraino, Stefania Puce et al.
      Pages 397-427
    13. Emma Rangel-Huerta, Griselda Avila-Soria, Ernesto Maldonado
      Pages 429-444
    14. Inmaculada Frutos, Angelika Brandt, Jean Claude Sorbe
      Pages 475-503
  4. Structure and Function of the Animal Forests

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 505-505
    2. Lorenzo Bramanti, Maria Carla Benedetti, Roberta Cupido, Silvia Cocito, Cristina Priori, Fabrizio Erra et al.
      Pages 529-548
    3. Owen S. Wangensteen, Xavier Turon, Creu Palacín
      Pages 571-594
    4. Frank Lartaud, Giovanni Galli, Abid Raza, Cristina Priori, Maria Carla Benedetti, Alessandro Cau et al.
      Pages 595-626
    5. Jean-Claude Duchêne
      Pages 761-785
    6. Hans Ulrik Riisgård, Poul S. Larsen
      Pages 787-811
    7. Kenneth Sebens, Gianluca Sarà, Michael Nishizaki
      Pages 813-854
    8. Sergio Rossi, Martina Coppari, Núria Viladrich
      Pages 855-885
    9. Nadine Schubert, Darren Brown, Sergio Rossi
      Pages 887-918
    10. Pål Buhl-Mortensen, Lene Buhl-Mortensen, Autun Purser
      Pages 919-944
  5. Animal Forests Under Threat

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 945-945
    2. Ruth H. Thurstan, John M. Pandolfi, Philine S. E. zu Ermgassen
      Pages 947-963
    3. Stefán Áki Ragnarsson, Julian Mariano Burgos, Tina Kutti, Inge van den Beld, Hrönn Egilsdóttir, Sophie Arnaud-Haond et al.
      Pages 989-1023
    4. Alison M. Jones, Daniel J. Thornhill, Anthony J. Roelofs
      Pages 1025-1040
    5. Federica Costantini, Anna Maria Addamo, Annie Machordom, Marco Abbiati
      Pages 1061-1082
    6. Ernesto Weil, Caroline S. Rogers, Aldo Croquer
      Pages 1109-1163
    7. Ricardo Aguilar, Allison L. Perry, Javier López
      Pages 1165-1207
    8. Jesús Ernesto Arias-González, Andrea Rivera-Sosa, Jaime Zaldívar-Rae, Christian Alva-Basurto, Camilo Cortés-Useche
      Pages 1209-1240
    9. Carlo Nike Bianchi, Carla Morri, Roberta Lasagna, Monica Montefalcone, Giulia Gatti, Valeriano Parravicini et al.
      Pages 1241-1269
    10. Chiara Paoli, Monica Montefalcone, Carla Morri, Paolo Vassallo, Carlo Nike Bianchi
      Pages 1271-1312
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 1337-1366

About this book


During the last decades there has been an increasing evidence of drastic changes in marine ecosystems due to human-induced impacts, especially on benthic ecosystems. The so called “animal forests” are currently showing a dramatic loss of biomass and biodiversity all over the world. These communities are dominated by sessile suspension feeder organisms (such as sponges, corals, gorgonians, bivalves, etc.) that generate three-dimensional structures, similar to the trees in the terrestrial forest. The animal forest provide several ecosystem services such as food, protection and nursery to the associated fauna, playing an important role in the local hydrodynamic and biogeochemical cycles near the sea floor and acting also as carbon sinks. The present book focus its attention on these three dimensional animal structures including, for the first time, all the different types of animal forests of the world in a single volume.


Benthic suspension feeders Biogenic structures Ecosystem engineers Marine conservation Trophic ecology

Editors and affiliations

  • Sergio Rossi
    • 1
  • Lorenzo Bramanti
    • 2
  • Andrea Gori
    • 3
  • Covadonga Orejas
    • 4
  1. 1.Institut de Ciència i Tecnologia AmbientalsUniversitat Autònoma de BarcelonaBellaterraSpain
  2. 2.Sorbonne Universités, UPMC Univ Paris 06, CNRSLaboratoire d’Ecogéochimie des Environnements Benthiques (LECOB) Observatoire OcéanologiqueBanyuls/MerFrance
  3. 3.Departament d’EcologiaUniversitat de BarcelonaBarcelonaSpain
  4. 4.Instituto Español de OceanografíaCentro Oceanográfico de BalearesPalma, MallorcaSpain

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