Online resources

Sponguide: Queensland Museum guide to sponge collection and identification (156 KB) pdf document icon

Pests and Diseases database (PaDIL)

  • Queensland Museum collection of sponge specimens as point data for GIS mapping projects related to potential introduced pests

World Porifera Database

  • Some keys to families and genera
  • World species checklist with some literature included

ABRS Australian Faunal Directory

  • Checklist of the published Australian sponge fauna, including all Queensland species
  • Keys to genera
  • Introductions to family level definitions, and history of sponge taxonomy in Australia.

Sponge Barcoding Database

  • Sponge genetic sequence data, together with some morphological information for each species
  • Includes many Queensland species

Porifera Tree of Life Project (PorTOL)

  • • Training announcements and forum on sponge taxonomy and molecular data
  • • Molecular database

Sponges of Britain & Ireland

  • Most useful terminology for sponge morphological characters

Outside Australia

Online pictorial guides to assist identification of some international sponge faunas:

General introductions to Porifera online


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