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WPD: World Porifera Database
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de Voogd, N.J.; Alvarez, B.; Boury-Esnault, N.; Cárdenas, P.; Díaz, M.-C.; Dohrmann, M.; Downey, R.; Goodwin, C.; Hajdu, E.; Hooper, J.N.A.; Kelly, M.; Klautau, M.; Lim, S.C.; Manconi, R.; Morrow, C.; Pinheiro, U.; Pisera, A.B.; Ríos, P.; Rützler, K.; Schönberg, C.; Turner, T.; Vacelet, J.; van Soest, R.W.M.; Xavier, J. (2024). World Porifera Database. Accessed at https://www.marinespecies.org/porifera on yyyy-mm-dd. https://doi.org/10.14284/359

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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). more

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.

Biology, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity, Biology > Invertebrates
Marine/Coastal, Classification, Marine invertebrates, Species, Taxonomy, World Waters, Porifera

Geographical coverage
World Waters [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1758 on [In Progress]

Taxonomic coverage
Porifera [WoRMS]


de Voogd, Nicoledata creatortaxonomic editor
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredatabase developer
Alvarez, Belindadata creatortaxonomic editor
Boury-Esnault, Nicoledata creatortaxonomic editor
Cárdenas, Pacodata creatortaxonomic editor
Díaz, Maria-Cristinadata creatortaxonomic editor
Dohrmann, Martindata creatortaxonomic editor
Downey, Racheldata creatortaxonomic editor
Goodwin, Clairedata creatortaxonomic editor
Hajdu, Eduardodata creatortaxonomic editor
Hooper, Johndata creatortaxonomic editor
Kelly, Michelledata creatortaxonomic editor
Klautau, Michelledata creatortaxonomic editor
Lim, Swee-Chengdata creatortaxonomic editor
Manconi, Renatadata creatortaxonomic editor
Morrow, Christinedata creatortaxonomic editor
Pinheiro, Ulissesdata creatortaxonomic editor
Pisera, Andrzejdata creatortaxonomic editor
Ríos, Pilardata creatortaxonomic editor
Rützler, Klausdata creatortaxonomic editor
Schönberg, Christinedata creatortaxonomic editor
Turner, Thomasdata creatortaxonomic editor
Vacelet, Jeandata creatortaxonomic editor
van Soest, Robdata creatortaxonomic editor
Xavier, Joanadata creatortaxonomic editor

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WoRMS: World Register of Marine Species, more

Based on this dataset
Van Soest, R.W.M. et al. (2012). Global diversity of sponges (Porifera). PLoS One 7(4): e35105. dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0035105, more
Used in this dataset
Hooper, J.N.A.; Van Soest, R.W.M. (Ed.) (2002). Systema Porifera: A guide to the classification of Sponges. Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers: New York. ISBN 0-306-47260-0. 2 vols. pp., more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Literature research
Metadatarecord created: 2005-07-12
Information last updated: 2024-01-17
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