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porifera.net lab

@ Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Germany

A sponge is a sponge is a sponge is a sponge

Tethya grau Tethya blau rot Tethya gelb blau Tethya grau

Tethya rosa gelb Tethya rot rosa



Actually, you might think that this is simply a joke based on Gertrude Steins poem "Rose is a rose is a rose is a rose".

But it is not! Of course, a sponge is a sponge, but how we percieve it personally or in science in general highly depends upon our knowledge and perspectives. Consequently, every time we use a word like sponge or rose, we might use it in a different way if we are not always super-strict. Most of the time, we are not really aware of this trap ...

We think that in order to understand organisms we have to take into acount many of their aspects. That's why at porifera.net lab we follow a research pilosophy of integrative zoology.