Enrique Avila

Enrique Avila
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México | UNAM · Institute of Ocean Sciences and Limnology

PhD en Biología Marina

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Introduction
Enrique Avila currently works at the Institute of Ocean Sciences and Limnology, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. He does research in Ecology, Marine Biology and Zoology but with special interest in benthic invertebrates such as marine sponges. Their current project is 'Conservation of biodiversity of coastal ecosystems in the Gulf of Mexico'
Additional affiliations
October 2010 - present
Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Position
  • Researcher
August 2008 - July 2010
Autonomous University of Baja California Sur
Position
  • PostDoc Position

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Publications (42)
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This is the first report of a sponge that overgrows live corals in the tropical Eastern Pacific ocean. Chalinula nematifera, native from the Indo-Pacific region, is an invasive sponge recorded for the first time in 2003 on coral communities from the Isla Isabel National Park (Mexican Pacific Ocean). Later, in 2006, it was found also on coral reefs...
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The mutualistic association between the sponge Haliclona caerulea and the calcareous red macroalga Jania adherens is conspicuous on shallow rocky regions of Mazatlán Bay (eastern tropical Pacific, Mexico). Transplanting experiments were carried out to examine the morphological responses of the association to an environmental depth gradient. Simulta...
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Removal of organisms from the subtidal zone plays an important role in shaping benthic communities in shallow bays. The main objective of this research was to quantify the biomass of sponges washed up on the beach at Mazatlan Bay (Mexico, eastern Pacific Ocean), and to determine its relationship with local weather and oceanographic conditions. To k...
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The interactions between sponges and red macroalgae have been widely documented in tropical and subtropical environments worldwide, and many of them have been documented as mutualistic associations. Sponges, however, have also been frequently described as part of the associated fauna of rhodolith habitats (aggregations of free-living non-geniculate...
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Sessile benthic organisms are considered good bioindicators for monitoring environmental quality of coastal ecosystems. However, these environments are impacted by new pollutants such as microplastics (MPs), where there is limited information about organisms that can be used as reliable bioindicators of these emerging contaminants. We evaluated MP...
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Remnants of marine invertebrates are common in the wrack line of the coasts of many regions worldwide. However, little is known about its spatial and temporal variation. This study aimed to investigate the inter-site and intra-annual variability in species composition, abundance, and biomass of sponge strandings on the coast of a southern Gulf of M...
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We assessed microplastics (MPs) contamination in water, sediments, and tissues (gills, digestive tract, and muscle) of two intertidal crab species with different ecological traits and commercial importance (Menippe mercenaria and Callinectes sapidus), from a coastal lagoon in the southeastern Gulf of Mexico. There were significant differences betwe...
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Three ²¹⁰Pb-dated sediment cores were used to evaluate the contamination degree and flux ratios of potentially toxic elements (PTEs; As, Cd, Cr, Cu, Ni, Pb, V, and Zn) in seagrass meadows from the northern margin of Términos Lagoon (TL), southern Gulf of Mexico. The sediments displayed minor Cd, Ni, V, and Zn enrichments but moderate to strong enri...
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Fiddler crabs are known as "eco-engineers" who maintain habitat health through sediment bioturbation, being able to interact with microplastics (MP) due to their daily contact with the sediment. Here, we evaluated MP contamination in mangrove substrates in Isla del Carmen, southern Gulf of Mexico, comparing MP content between burrows and pellets re...
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Among the ecological roles that sponges play in marine ecosystems, one of the highlights is their ability to host a wide diversity and abundance of epibenthic organisms. However, of the different marine environments, this role has been less investigated in seagrass-dwelling sponges. In this study, the main objective was to determine whether the str...
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Sponges are one of the most conspicuous groups of epibionts in mangrove prop root habitats. However, with the exception of the Caribbean and the Indo-Pacific regions, studies focused on species diversity are lacking in other locations that have high mangrove coverage and are relatively distant from coral reef environments. Because mangrove-root epi...
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Abstract: In estuaries, sponges constitute an integral part of marine benthic communities, but there is still insufficient information about their reproductive cycle in these coastal environments. In this study, the sexual reproduction period of the sponge Haliclona (Reniera) implexiformis and its association with intra-annual fluctuations of wat...
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Intertidal ecosystems, such as marshes, mangroves, and seagrasses, contribute to the global carbon storage, helping to regulate atmospheric CO2 concentrations. Organic carbon (Corg) data from seagrass meadows in the Mexican coastline are still scarce, preventing appropriate evaluations of its contribution to mitigate global climate change. Recent t...
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this study contributes to knowledge of the relationship between the nudibranch D. kyolis and the sponge H. (H.) melanadocia, mainly on basic aspects of its population dynamics such as the frequency of occurrence and density of the nudibranch on the sponge and its spatio-temporal variability. However, it would be advisable for future studies to dete...
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In estuaries, sponges constitute an integral part of marine benthic communities, but there is still insufficient information about their reproductive cycle in these coastal environments. In this study, the sexual reproduction period of the sponge Haliclona (Reniera) implexiformis and its association with intra-annual fluctuations of water temperatu...
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In summary, this study contributes to knowledge of the relationship between the nudibranch D. kyolis and the sponge H. (H.) melanadocia, mainly on basic aspects of its population dynamics such as the frequency of occurrence and density of the nudibranch on the sponge and its spatio-temporal variability. However, it would be advisable for future stu...
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The identification and quantification of global change, including climate change, requires long time series of key variables. In this work, the fundamentals and operation of low-cost long-term coastal observatories are described, and preliminary data are shown. The vision is to offer a scientific platform of physicochemical data for at least the ne...
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The study examines the current invasive status of the barnacle Amphibalanus amphitrite on natural populations of two native oyster species (the eastern oyster Crassostrea virginica and the mangrove oyster C. rhizophorae) in a estuary of the southern Gulf of Mexico. The spatio-temporal variability of the frequency of occurrence, density and coverage...
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Sponges harbor great diversity and an abundance of organisms. Although this community can vary temporally, and between and within sponge species, it is not known how an induced change in habitat-specific environmental conditions might affect the structure of macroinvertebrate assemblages associated with sponges. Here, a reciprocal transplant experi...
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The first record of the previous monotypic genus Tethytimea and the description of a new species from cryptic habitats of Gulf of Mexico are presented. Tethytimea carmelita sp. nov., is a red orange cushion shaped sponge (about 5 mm thick) with a tuberculate to granular surface. The spicular complement is formed by tylostyles (200–1120 µm length),...
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Desde la introducción del Pez león (Pteroisvolitans) en el Atlántico occidental y el Mar Caribe en 1992, esta especie invasora (nativa del Indopacífico y Pacífico occidental) se ha expandido rápidamente causando efectos perjudícales en los ecosistemas de arrecife de coral. En aguas mexicanas han sido registrados en el (Caribe) y en el oeste y sur d...
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El presente estudio reporta la presencia del parásito dactylogirido Heteropriapulus heterotylus en las branquias de peces invasivos Pterygoplichthys pardalis y P. disjunctivus en ecosistemas de agua dulce del sureste de México. Este studio representa un nuevo registro de hospederos para este parásito y un nuevo registro geográfico de parasitos en P...
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The present study reports the presence of the dactylogyrid parasite Heteropriapulus heterotylus on the gills of the invasive Amazon sailfin catfishes Pterygoplichthys pardalis and P. disjunctivus from freshwater ecosystems in Southeastern Mexico. This represents a new host record for this parasite and a new geographical record of parasites for P. d...
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Seagrass meadows are important for their ecological functions and ecosystem services, including habitat and shelter for a high diversity of species. The present study aims to assess the spatial distribution patterns of macroinvertebrate assemblages associated with Thalassia testudinum beds in a tropical coastal lagoon of the southern Gulf of Mexico...
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Sponges are inhabited by a wide variety of organisms and have been regarded as one of the richest biotopes in tropical seas. The aim of this study was to assess the influence of the host morphology and selected environmental conditions on macrofaunal assemblages associated with the sponge Halichondria melanadocia in an estuarine system of the south...
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We evaluated the effect of invasive seaweed Acanthophora spicifera on epifauna at Bahía de La Paz. The epibionts composition was assessed temporarily and compared to documented for other resident alga (Sargassum). We identified 10 species of epiphytes and 13 orders of epifauna. Acanthophora promotes stable microhabitats, result of their persistence...
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Seagrass meadows are important for their ecological functions and ecosystem services, including habitat and shelter for a high diversity of species. The present study aim to assess spatial variations of benthic macroinvertebrate assemblages associated to Thalassia testudinum beds among localities with different exposure to wind driven-waves: protec...
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This study has been focused on evaluating the sexual reproductive cycle of the sponge Haliclona implexiformis, one of the most common species in seagrass bed habitats in the estuarine ecosystem of the Laguna de Terminos, Campeche, Mexico. Through a monthly collection of 10 adult specimens (from May 2012 to December 2013), the number of eggs or larv...
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Although marine sponges are one of the most ecologically important benthic groups in marine ecosystems, their ecological role in seagrass beds from estuarine environments is little known. In this study we investigated the temporal and small-scale spatial variability in the abundance and biomass of the three common seagrass-dwelling sponges Halichon...
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The aim of this study was to analyze the interaction of a non‐native macroalga (Acanthophora spicifera) with native macroalgae (Sargassum spp.) and sponge assemblages in a subtropical embayment of the Mexican Pacific. The intensity of A. spicifera epiphytism on the native seaweed Sargassum varied significantly over time and was inversely related to...
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The aim of the present study was to describe the structure of shallow-water rhodolith beds from Bahia Magdalena, one of the most productive estuarine systems of the Mexican Pacific coasts. From September 2008 to May 2009 four rhodolith beds were found (between 1 and 3 m depth) and population descriptors such as rhodolith density, size classes, bran...
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Rhodolith beds are free-living coralline red algae that are widely distributed worldwide. They are one of the critical habitats for biodiversity conservation and sustainable fisheries in European, Australian and New Zeeland waters. As part of the OSPAR region they are under a high level of monitoring because the high sensitivity of changes ranging...
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This study constitutes a preliminary assessment of the abundance and species richness of sponges living on the brown seaweed Sargassum spp. from the southern Gulf of California (Mexico). The diversity and abundance of sponges associated with Sargassum was investigated from November 2006 to November 2007. In addition, it was examined whether tempora...
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The association between the red macroalga Jania adhaerens J. V. Lamour. and the sponge Haliclona caerulea is the most successful life-form between 2 and 4 m depth in Mazatlán Bay (Mexican Pacific). J. adhaerens colonizes the rocky intertidal area and penetrates into deeper areas only when it lives in association with H. caerulea. The aposymbiotic f...
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The importance of a long-term ecological perspective is well documented, yet long-term data are not widely available. This paper represents the first quantitative description of sublittoral sponge assemblages over long temporal scales (6 years) along the coast of the East Pacific Ocean (Mazatlan Bay), with the goal of describing their levels of int...
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This study provides a morphological description of three symbiotic associations between sponges (Haplosclerida) and other macroorganisms from the Sea of Cortes (Mexican Pacific Ocean). These associations include: (1) a two-sponge association (Haliclona sonorensis/Geodia media), (2) a sponge-red macroalga association (Haliclona caerulea/Jania adhere...
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The viviparous sponge Haliclona caerulea lives in symbiosis with the calcareous alga Jania adhaerens in shallow rocky ecosystems from the Bay of Mazatlán (Mexican Pacific Ocean). Laboratory and field experiments were carried out with the aim of demonstrating that the symbiosis with this calcareous alga is the result of larval habitat selection. We...
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ABSTRACT: A population of the association between the haplosclerid sponge Haliclona caerulea and the red algae Jania adherens was studied in the Bay of Mazatlán (east tropical Pacific Ocean, Mexico), along a spatial gradient (from 1 to 5 m depth) and over time (from February 2001 to September 2003). No clear seasonality was found in the abundance (...
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The association of the sponge Haliclona caerulea and the red macroalga Jania adherens is one of the most conspicuous organisms on shallow rocky ecosystems of the Bay of Mazatlán (eastern tropical Pacific, Mexico). The variations in size, growth rate and biomass were studied along a temporal and a spatial gradient. The association was persistent dur...

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Taking into account the definition of predation and parasitism, I found that they meet the characteristics of an ectoparasite. However, in the scientific literature they are mentioned as predators.
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It was collected in the Gulf of Mexico.

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The Gulf of Mexico is a system that poses a high diversity of environments and harbor a high biodiversity. However, several factors, mainly of anthropogenic origin, threaten the integrity of its coastal habitats and biodiversity. This project aims to contribute with ecological information on the phylum Porifera and other benthic invertebrates relevant to the conservation of coastal ecosystems. In the state of Campeche, this project undertakes activities to characterize the environment and biological community associated with habitats of seagrass beds, mangrove prop roots, soft bottoms and oyster reefs. The monthly frequency of the sampling activities allow to describe the population dynamics of invertebrates. The project also includes a long-term monitoring program about the conservation status of these ecosystems based on changes in the invertebrate community structure.
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General Aportar conocimientos de la biodiversidad de la Clase Ascidacea mediante la realización de un estudio sistemático y ecológico en el litoral interno de Isla del Carmen, Laguna de Términos, Campeche. Particulares • Identificar y describir morfológicamente hasta el taxón mínimo posible las especies de ascidias recolectadas, para la realización de un listado faunístico del litoral interno de isla del Carmen, Laguna de Términos, Campeche. • Determinar la abundancia y distribución de las especies colectadas de ascidias en dicha zona. • Obtener material para la identificación genética de ascidias con “código de barras”. • Evaluar la relación entre caracteres morfológicos y moleculares en la identificación de las especies de ascidias. • Contribuir en la creación de una colección de ascidias, establecida de manera científica en la Universidad Autónoma del Carmen para que sirva de referencia para futuras investigaciones en la zona y en México.