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Plasticity

The major, consistent feature of sponges is their variability ('plasticity') to reorganise their bodies at a cellular level in response to environmental condition, damage or fragmentation. That means they are capable of reorganising, repairing and recolonising new habitats on the basis of single cells, giving them enormous (theoretical) potential to disperse and survive during environmental catastrophes.

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