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The World Porifera Database

The WPD, the World Database of all Recent sponges ever described, is part of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), a global initiative to arrive at a register of all marine organisms. The WPD is a logical follow up and addition to the Systema Porifera (editors Hooper & Van Soest, 2002), the current update of the classification of all sponge taxa above the species level.

       

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New insights into abyssal sponges from Kurile-Kamchatka region (NW Pacific)
Added on: 2014-09-04 10:03:15 by Janussen, Dorte; Downey, R.V.
Downey, R.V., & Janussen, D. 2014. New insights into the abyssal sponge fauna of the Kurile-Kamchatka plain and trench region (Northwest Pacific. Deep-Sea Research II. DOI: 10.1016/j.dsr2.2014.08.010 ... [Read more]
Sponges: new chapter in the Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean
Added on: 2014-09-04 09:57:49 by Janussen, Dorte; Downey, R.V.
Janussen, D. & Downey, R.V. 2014. Chapter 5.5. Porifera. In: De Broyer C., Koubbi P., Griffiths H.J., Raymond B., Udekem d’Acoz C. d’, et al. (eds.). SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean, pp. 94-102. ... [Read more]
Wide distribution of Gelliodes species in the N Pacific
Added on: 2014-08-29 10:31:34 by Boury-Esnault, Nicole
Carballo, J.L.; Aguilar-Camacho, J.M.; Knapp, I.S.; Bell, J.J. 2013. Wide distributional range of marine sponges along the Pacific Ocean. Marine Biology Research 9 (8): 768-775. ... [Read more]
New Acarnidae from the Mexican Pacific
Added on: 2014-08-29 10:22:06 by Boury-Esnault, Nicole
Aguilar-Camacho, J.M.; Carballo,J.L.; Cruz-Barraza, J.A. 2013. Acarnidae (Porifera: Demospongiae: Poecilosclerida) from the Mexican Pacific Ocean with the description of six new species. Scientia Marina 77 (4): 677-696.
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New Poecilosclerids from the Mexican Pacific
Added on: 2014-08-29 10:13:52 by Boury-Esnault, Nicole
Aguilar-Camacho,J.M.; Carballo J.L. 2012. New and little-known Poecilosclerid sponges from the Mexican Pacific Ocean. Zoological Studies 51: 1139-1153 ... [Read more]

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The initial aim for the WPD is to be a catalogue of sponge species in a fully hierarchical system to promote stability of sponge names and act as a tool for higher taxon revisions and regional monographs. A further future aim is to be the world’s database for sponge type specimens and other important vouchered specimens. Additional information we soon will have available is overview distributions of all taxa and non-original and non-accepted species name combinations.

In order to have adequate expert knowledge we have formed an editorial committee consisting of:

and the following specialist colleagues:

Editors are responsible for entries, decision on validity of names. Corrections and omissions may be addressed to the relevant editor or the general editor.



Currently (2014), there are 8,586 valid species in the database (among almost 20,000 taxon names). Acceptance is an editorial decision, but we acknowledge such decisions need to be re-examined frequently in the light of new information. If you disagree with senior synonymy decisions or genus assignments, please let us have your - argumented - corrected assignment. More info.

Citation

By downloading or consulting data from this website, the visitor acknowledges that he/she agrees to the following:

If data are extracted from this website for secondary analysis resulting in a publication, the website should be cited as follows:

  • Van Soest, R.W.M; Boury-Esnault, N.; Hooper, J.N.A.; Rützler, K.; de Voogd, N.J.; Alvarez de Glasby, B.; Hajdu, E.; Pisera, A.B.; Manconi, R.; Schoenberg, C.; Janussen, D.; Tabachnick, K.R., Klautau, M.; Picton, B.; Kelly, M.; Vacelet, J.; Dohrmann, M.; Cristina Díaz, M.; Cárdenas, P. (2014) World Porifera database. Accessed at http://www.marinespecies.org/porifera on 2014-09-20

If any data constitutes a substantial proportion of the records used in secondary analyses (i.e. more than 25% of the data are derived from this source, or the data are essential to arrive at the conclusion of the analysis), the editors/managers of the database should be contacted. It may be useful to contact us directly in case there are additional data that may strengthen the analysis or there are features of the data that are important to consider but may not have been apparent from the metadata.



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