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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.


Porifera news

Two new Haliclona species from Western Australia
Added on: 2014-07-11 09:19:02 by de Voogd, Nicole
Fromont, J.; Abdo, D.A. 2014. New species of Haliclona (Demospongiae: Haplosclerida: Chalinidae) from Western Australia 3835 (1): 097-109. ... [Read more]
New species of Phelloderma from the Antarctic
Added on: 2014-07-07 13:58:06 by Janussen, Dorte
Göcke, C.; Hajdu, E.; Janussen, D. 2014. Phelloderma (Porifera: Demospongiae) and its relation to other Poecilosclerida, including description of P. oxychaetoides sp. nov., and redescription of type species, P. radiatum. Journal of the Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. doi:10.1017/S0025315414000538 ... [Read more]
New species of Aulospongus from Brazil
Added on: 2014-07-03 03:44:11 by Hooper, John
Cavalcanti, T.; Garcia Santos, G.; Pinheiro, U. 2014. Two new species of Aulospongus Norman, 1878 with a key to the Atlantic species (Poecilosclerida; Demospongiae; Porifera). Zootaxa 3827 (2): 282–292 [Read more]
New Ancorinidae from Alaska
Added on: 2014-06-30 13:31:18 by Cardenas, Paco
Lehnert, H.; Stone, R.P. 2014. Aleutian Ancorinidae (Porifera, Astrophorida): Description of three new species from the genera Stelletta and Ancorina. Zootaxa 3826 (2) 341-355 [Read more]
Hadromerida from Canada and adjacent waters
Added on: 2014-06-26 11:09:04 by Hajdu, Eduardo
Austin, W.C.; Ott, B.S.; Reiswig, H.M.; Romagosa, P. ; Mcdaniel, N.G. 2014. Taxonomic review of Hadromerida (Porifera, Demospongiae) from British Columbia, Canada, and adjacent waters, with the description of nine new species. Zootaxa 3823: 1–84. ... [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 8,565 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.


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 on 2014-07-13

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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