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20-02-2018: Reference data for Leuclathrina translucida (Voigt et al. 2018, Zootaxa) are added (#1756-1757).

21-12-2017: Barcodes from Hawaiian sponges (Pons et al. 2017, PLoS) are added (#1665-1700).

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.


Local Campaigns (geographically- or taxon-specific) Print E-mail

Geographically- or taxon-specific campaigns aim to facilitate the completion of the taxon list backbone and provide data for comparison with other genotypes. Researchers are encouraged to participate for their taxon or region of experience.

If you are interested in participating in such a geographically- or taxon- specific campaign (also in the ones below) please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or navigate to our get involved site.

Some currently proposed campaigns include:

LATASBI - The Lake Tanganyika Sponge Barcoding Initiative: Ellinor Michel, Jonathan Todd, Nicole de Voogd, Tina Weier, Gert Wörheide, Dirk Erpenbeck. More information on its separate website soon. 

Indo-Pacific marine lake and mangrove sponges: Lisa Becking & Nicole de Voogd (NCB-Naturalis, The Netherlands) 

Queensland Museum sponge collection: Joint project of the  Queensland Museum Biodiversity Program (Brisbane Australia), the Bavarian State Collection for Zoology, the GeoBio-CenterLMU and the Molecular Geo- & Palaeobiology Lab of the LMU Munich with funding of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Florida Keys (Reefs & Mangroves): Sandra Duran, Klaus Rützler & Valerie Paul

Belize (Reefs & Mangroves): Sandra Duran, Klaus Rützler & Valerie Paul

Bahamas (Reefs): Sandra Duran, Klaus Rützler & Valerie Paul

Indian River Lagoon (Florida): Sandra Duran, Klaus Rützler & Valerie Paul

Keratose sponges: Dirk Erpenbeck, Bob Thacker

Hexactinellid sponges: Martin Dohrmann & Gert Wörheide

Haplosclerid sponges and sponges from the British Isles: Grace McCormack

Caribbean sponges at Bocas del Toro Archipelago, Panama: Bob Thacker, Cristina Diaz, Rachel Collin & Lee Weigt

Invasive species in the Mediterranean: Catherine Vogler & Gert Wörheide (EU-RTN HOTSPOTS)

Indo-Pacific calcareous sponges: Oliver Voigt & Gert Wörheide

Red Sea sponges (Gulf of Aqaba, Egypt): Gert Wörheide, in collaboration with the Red Sea Environmental Centre, RSEC

Ross Sea sponges (Antarctica): Sergio Vargas & Gert Wörheide, in collaboration with NIWA (New Zealand).

Barcoding of the deepwater sponges and coral reefs off Capo Santa Maria di Leuca, Italy (Ionian Sea). Paco Cardenas, University of Bergen, Norway & Julie Reveillaud, University of Ghent, Belgium

Sponges from Oman (Gulf of Oman): Gert Wörheide. With kind permission of the Directorate General of Nature Conservation, Ministry of Environment & Climate Affairs, Sultanate of Oman.



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