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Different biogeographic patterns are evident, with some species being very common and widespread, as in the case of the Holoarctic Spongilla lacustris (Manconi & Pronzato, 2000), while other species are apparently discontinuously distributed, rare or monotopic, as for 123 Hydrobiologia (2008) 595:27–33 Spongilla prespensis and Spongilla stankovici endemic to the Balkanian area (Pronzato & Manconi, 2002). The highest diversity, at the scale of zoogeographic regions, is recorded from the Neotropical with 65 species (23 genera, 3 families), Palaearctic with 59 species (21 genera, 4 families), and Afrotropical regions with 49 species (17 genera, 4 families).
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