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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


New Haplosclerida from Peruvian coast.

Added on: 2022-01-06 16:07:01 by Boury-Esnault, Nicole
Bispo, A.; Willenz, P.; Hajdu, E. (2022). Diving into the unknown: fourteen new species of haplosclerid sponges (Demospongiae: Haplosclerida) revealed along the Peruvian coast (Southeastern Pacific). Zootaxa 5087 (2): 201–252 ...

Eocene siliceous sponges from east-central Ukraine

Added on: 2021-12-22 19:14:32 by Cárdenas, Paco
Lukowiak, M.; Pisera, A.; Stefanska, T.; Stefanskyi, V. (2021). High diversity of siliceous sponges in Western Tethyan areas during the Eocene: palaeobiogeographical, ecological and taxonomic significance. Papers in Palaeontology. ...

Revision of Melonanchora with description of two new genera

Added on: 2021-12-22 17:01:18 by van Soest, Rob W.M.
Santín, A.; Uriz, M.J.; Cristobo, J.; Xavier, J.R.; Ríos, P. (2021) Unique spicules may confound species differentiation: taxonomy and biogeography of Melonanchora Carter, 1874 and two new related genera (Myxillidae: Poecilosclerida) from the Okhotsk Sea. PeerJ 9:e12515 ...

First record of the genus Discorhabdella from Sagami Bay

Added on: 2021-12-09 17:56:45 by Boury-Esnault, Nicole
Ise, Y.; Vacelet, J.; Izumi, T.; Woo, S.P.; Tan, S.H. (2021). First record of the genus Discorhabdella (Porifera, Demospongiae, Poecilosclerida, Crambeidae) from Sagami Bay, Japan with description of two new species. ZooKeys 1076: 67-81 ...

Barrettides: A Peptide Family Produced by Geodia barretti

Added on: 2021-12-08 10:17:18 by Boury-Esnault, Nicole
Steffen, K.; Laborde, Q.; Gunasekera, S.; Payne, C.D.; Rosengren, J.; Riesgo, A.; Göransson, A.; Cárdenas, P. (2021). Barrettides: A Peptide Family Specifically Produced by the Deep-Sea Sponge Geodia barretti. Journal of Natural Products ...

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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 (2022), there are 9,494 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.


Usage of data from the World Porifera Database in scientific publications should be acknowledged by citing as follows:

  • de Voogd, N.J.; Alvarez, B.; Boury-Esnault, N.; Carballo, J.L.; Cárdenas, P.; Díaz, M.-C.; Dohrmann, M.; Downey, R.; Hajdu, E.; Hooper, J.N.A.; Kelly, M.; Klautau, M.; Manconi, R.; Morrow, C.C. Pisera, A.B.; Ríos, P.; Rützler, K.; Schönberg, C.; Vacelet, J.; van Soest, R.W.M. (2022). World Porifera Database. Accessed at on 2022-01-19. doi:10.14284/359
If the data from the World Porifera Database constitute a substantial proportion of the records used in analyses, the chief editor(s) of the database should be contacted. There may be additional data which may prove valuable to such analyses.

Individual pages are individually authored and dated. These can be cited separately: the proper citation is provided at the bottom of each page.

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