Database Details : World Porifera database

Full name: World Porifera database UPDATED!
Short name: WoRMS Porifera
Version: 2017-09-01
Release date: 2017-09-01
Authors/editors: 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. Klautau M. Picton B. Kelly M. Vacelet J. Dohrmann M. Díaz M.-C. Cárdenas P. Carbal
Taxonomic coverage: Animalia - Porifera
English name of the group: Sponges
Number of living species 8,864
Number of living infraspecific taxa 271
Number of extinct species: 28
Number of extinct infraspecific taxa: 0
Number of synonyms: 10,516
Number of common names: 268
Total number of names: 19,947
Abstract: The World Porifera database is a searchable catalogue of recent sponge species and higher taxon names. The catalogue is intended to promote stability and act as a tool for higher taxon revisions, regional monographs, and eventually as a catalogue of the world’s sponge specimen databases as these are slowly being accumulated through EurOBIS and GBIF. Data are contributed to the Catalogue of Life via the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ).
Organization: Zoological Museum of the University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Website: http://www.marinespecies.org/porifera
Bibliographic citation: 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. Klautau M. Picton B. Kelly M. Vacelet J. Dohrmann M. Díaz M.-C. Cárdenas P. Carbal (2017). WoRMS Porifera: World Porifera database (version 2017-09-01). In: Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Bailly N., Kirk P.M., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., Nieukerken E. van, Zarucchi J., Penev L., eds. (2017). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 29th September 2017. Digital resource at www.catalogueoflife.org/col. Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands. ISSN 2405-8858.