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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 complementary to the Systema Porifera (editors Hooper & Van Soest, 2002), the two volume comprehensive classification of all sponge taxa above the species level. It incorporates recent and future amendments of the sponge classification, including the recently proposed revision of Morrow & Cárdenas (2015).


Porifera news


Integrative taxonomy of sympatric species of Plakina in SE Brazil.

Added on: 2019-04-12 15:17:22 by Boury-Esnault, Nicole
Muricy, G.; Domingos, C.; Lage, A.; Lanna, E.; Hardoim, C.C.P.; Laport, M.S.; Zilberberg, C. (2019). Integrative taxonomy widens our knowledge of the diversity, distribution and biology of the genus Plakina (Homosclerophorida: Plakinidae). Invertebrate Systematics, 33: 367-401 ...

Amphoriscidae from Peru (Calcarea)

Added on: 2019-04-03 13:31:41 by Klautau, Michelle
Cóndor-Luján, B.; Azevedo, F.; Hajdu, E.; Hooker, Y.; Willenz, P.; Klautau, M. (2019). Tropical Eastern Pacific Amphoriscidae Dendy, 1892 (Porifera: Calcarea: Calcaronea: Leucosolenida) from the Peruvian coast. Marine Biodiversity, ...

Redescription of Leucandrilla wasinensis and L. intermedia (Calcarea)

Added on: 2019-04-03 13:07:19 by Klautau, Michelle
Cavalcanti, F.; Chagas, C.; Fonseca, E.S.M. (2019). Taxonomic redescription of Leucandrilla wasinensis (Jenkin, 1908) and L. intermedia (Row, 1909) (Porifera, Calcarea): a first step to improve current knowledge on the typical features of the genus. Zootaxa 4568 (1): 040–050 ...

New hydrothermal vent and cold seep sponges

Added on: 2019-04-03 04:43:15 by Kelly, Michelle
Kelly, M.; Rowden, A.A. (2019) New sponge species from hydrothermal vent and cold seep sites off New Zealand. Zootaxa 4576: 401–438. ...

Frobisher Bay (Canadian Arctic) sponge fauna

Added on: 2019-04-02 14:17:13 by van Soest, Rob
Dinn, C.; Edinger, E.; Leys, S.P. (2019) Sponge (Porifera) fauna of Frobisher Bay, Baffin Island, Canada with description of an Iophon rich sponge garden. Zootaxa 4576 (2): 301-325. ...

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The aim for the WPD is to be a catalogue of sponge species in a continuously updated, fully hierarchical system to promote stability of sponge names, to serve the community of users of sponge names, and to act as a tool for higher taxon revisions and regional monographs. A further aim is to be the world’s comprehensive database for sponge type specimens and other important vouchered specimens. Additional information we are making available are (overview) distributions of all species and unaccepted name combinations occurring in the literature.

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 (2019), there are 9,125 valid species (marine + non-marine) 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.

Who is who in sponge science

This global address list reflects information collated through annual surveys posted on mailing lists (PoriferaList, CoraList and Skolithos) and by contacting some people directly. The information was collected and made available by Christine Schönberg.

Sponge conference materials

This is a record of abstracts, proceedings and other materials from sponge meetings and symposia.


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, B.; Hajdu, E.; Pisera, A.B.; Manconi, R.; Schönberg, C.; Klautau, M.; Picton, B.; Kelly, M.; Vacelet, J.; Dohrmann, M.; Díaz, M.-C.; Cárdenas, P.; Carballo, J.L.; Ríos, P.; Downey, R. (2019). World Porifera Database. Accessed at on 2019-04-20. doi:10.14284/359

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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