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19-09-2017: Reference data for Red Sea calcareous sponges from Voigt et al. (2017) added (#1650-1664).

18-09-2017: Calcareous sponge data of Voigt & Wörheide (2016) added.

16-09-2016: New holotype sequences: Hamacantha cassanoi Lehnert & Stone 2016 (#1646) added.

15-09-2016: New Reference (Paratype) Clathria (Wilsonella) rugosa Hooper & Levi 1993 (#652)

2016: New Sponge barcoding app in final phase. Watch this space! See preview

19-05-2016: Holotype of Isabella mirabilis (#1642) and Holo- & Paratypes of I. tanoa Ekins et al. 2016 (#1643-1645) added.

22-12-2015: Demosponge CO1 and 28S data of Erpenbeck et al.  Molecular biodiversity of Red Sea demosponges. Marine Pollution Bulletin (2016) added.

20-12-2015: Calcarea data of Voigt et al. (2016) A short LSU rRNA fragment as a standard marker for integrative taxonomy in calcareous sponges (Porifera: Calcarea) added.

10-08-2015: Antarctic sponge data of Vargas et al. (2015) Diversity in a Cold Hot-Spot: DNA - Barcoding Reveals Patterns of Evolution among Antarctic Demosponges (Class Demospongiae, Phylum Porifera), PLoS ONE added.

22-07-2015: New Holotype data added as References: Heteroxya corticata (#1152), Narrabeena lamellata (#1160), Stelletta anthastra (#1161). from Erpenbeck et al. (2015) Nothing in (sponge) biology makes sense – except when based on holotypes.

01-05-2015: Data of Schuster et al. (2015) Deceptive Desmas: Molecular Phylogenetics Suggests a New Classification and Uncovers Convergent Evolution of Lithistid Demosponges added

20-02-2015: New References: Isabella harborbranchi (#1114-1117) from Carvalho et al. (2014) Lithistid sponges of the upper bathyal of Madeira, Selvagens and Canary Islands, with description of a new species of Isabella

03-07-2012: Workflow and results of the Sponge Barcoding Project in PLoS ONE: Vargas et al.: Barcoding Sponges: An Overview Based on Comprehensive Sampling. (open access)

01-04-2012: New astrophorid sequences of Cárdenas & Rapp (2012): A review of Norwegian streptaster-bearing Astrophorida (Porifera: Demospongiae: Tetractinellida), new records and a new species; Zootaxa 3253: 1–52 added.

08-01-2012: New halichondrid sequences added from Erpenbeck et al. (2012) The phylogeny of halichondrid demosponges: past and present re-visited with DNA-barcoding data. The phylogeny of halichondrid demosponges: past and present re-visited with DNA-barcoding data. Organisms Diversity & Evolution 12:57-70.

16-11-2011: Implementation of the Geneious Biocode LIMS for handling sponge barcoding data. (pdf)

04-11-2011: Several taxonomy updates on submitted specimens.

October 2011: Several edits of metadata performed.

27-06-2011: New reference record of Sigmaxinella (S. hipposiderus) and two other specimens from Mitchell et al. 2011 Zootaxa added.

26-06-2011: The Sponge Barcoding Project is featured by Geneious (read more).

February 2011: two new reference records of Halisarca species from Ereskovsky et al. 2001 Zootaxa added.

October 2010: Search interface (BLAST etc.) in development

Data of Xavier et al. (2010) and Ferrario et al. (2010) added.

More than 500 records/sequences uploaded.

06-06-2010: New reference specimen for Tethya leysae added.

June 2010: High throughput DNA extraction, PCR and sequencing of Queensland Museum tissue samples in progress.

14-05-2010: Major additions to the database expected in the near future due to significant funding from the Marine Barcode of Life Project.

 

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Logistics and Methodology: We will focus the initial phase of the SBP on appropriately identified and curated type specimens. Samples will be obtained from associated partners at the Zoological Museum in Amsterdam/Netherlands (Dr. Rob van Soest - >18,000 specimens) and from the Queensland Museum in Brisbane/Australia (Prof. John Hooper - >34,000 specimens), or from collections of SBP partners such as the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution (Dr. S. Pomponi - >34,000 specimens) in Florida, USA.

Initial assessments of DNA quality from these collections indicate they are of an adequate standard. DNA sequencing will be carried out either by individual SBP partners (all of whom have significant prior expertise in the field and appropriate capacities), or at the DNA sequencing facility of the coordinating institution (GeoBio-CenterLMU, University of Munich, Germany). Sequences and associated data (voucher and taxonomic information) will be made publicly available at this website and linked to the Barcode of Life Data Systems.

Due to the fact that the highly conserved COI-barcoding primers are prone to amplify sponge commensals and/or symbionts, we will optimize sponge-specific primer design. Additionally, to resolve closely related species, we will supplement the standard fragment with 440 bp of downstream sequence. The addition of an unlinked marker such as rDNA ITS is also under consideration.

 
 

 
 
 

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