Full name: World Porifera Database
Short name: WoRMS Porifera
Version: Oct 2008
Release date: 2008-10-22
Authors/editors: R. van Soest (ed)
Taxonomic coverage: Animalia - Porifera
English name of the group: Sponges
Number of species: 8,215
Number of infraspecific taxa: 299
Number of synonyms: 8,284
Number of common names: 42
Total number of names: 16,840
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