Full name: World Porifera database UPDATED!
Short name: WoRMS Porifera
Version: 2014-03-01
Release date: 2014-03-01
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., Janussen D., Tabachnick K.R. Klautau M., Picton B., Kelly M., Vacelet J., Dohrmann M., C
Taxonomic coverage: Animalia - Porifera
English name of the group: Sponges
Number of species: 8,499
Number of infraspecific taxa: 263
Number of synonyms: 9,947
Number of common names: 245
Total number of names: 18,954
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