Systema Porifera

A Guide to the Classification of Sponges

  • John N. A. Hooper
  • Rob W. M. Van Soest
  • Philippe Willenz

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxviii
  2. John N. A. Hooper, Rob W. M. Van Soest
    Pages 1-7
  3. John N. A. Hooper, Rob W. M. Van Soest, Françoise Debrenne
    Pages 9-13
  4. John N. A. Hooper, Rob W. M. Van Soest
    Pages 15-51
  5. Guilherme Muricy, Maria Cristina Díaz
    Pages 71-82
  6. Rob W. M. Van Soest, John N. A. Hooper
    Pages 83-84
  7. Rob W. M. Van Soest, Klaus Rützler
    Pages 85-98
  8. Rob W. M. Van Soest, John N. A. Hoop
    Pages 99-101
  9. John N. A. Hooper, Rob W. M. Van Soest
    Pages 102-104
  10. John N. A. Hooper, Rob W. M. Van Soest
    Pages 105-107
  11. Maria J. Uriz
    Pages 108-126
  12. Rob W. M. Van Soest, John N. A. Hooper
    Pages 127-133
  13. Maria J. Uriz
    Pages 134-140
  14. Manuel Maldonado
    Pages 141-162
  15. María J. Uriz
    Pages 163-164
  16. John N. A. Hooper, Manuel Maldonado
    Pages 165-167
  17. John N. A. Hooper, Rob W. M. Van Soest
    Pages 169-172
  18. Klaus Rützler
    Pages 173-185

About this book


Research whilst compiling this book has uncovered a fauna about twice the size as that previously published in the literature and consequently Systema Porifera revises and stabilizes the systematics of the phylum to accommodate this new knowledge in a contemporary framework. Practical tools (key illustrations, descriptions of character) are provided to facilitate the assignment of approximately 680 extant and 100 fossil genera.

Systema Porifera is unique making sponge taxonomy widely available at the practical level of classification (genera, families, order). It is a taxonomic revision of sponges and spongiomorphis (such as sphinctozoans and archaeocyathans) based on re-evaluation of type materials and evidence. It is also a practical guide to sponge identification providing descriptions and illustrations of characters and interpretation of their importance to systematics. Systema Porifera addresses many long standing nomenclatural problems and provides a sound baseline for future debate on sponges and their place in time and space.

Systema Porifera describes 3 classes, 7 subclasses, 24 orders, 127 families and 682 valid genera of extant sponges (with over 1600 nominal generic names and an additional 500 invalid names treated). Treatment of the fossil fauna is less comprehensive or critical, although 6 classes, 30 orders, 245 families and 998 fossil genera are mentioned. Keys to all recent and many fossil taxa are provided.


biodiversity classification fauna invertebrates marine invertebrates porifera sponges

Editors and affiliations

  • John N. A. Hooper
    • 1
  • Rob W. M. Van Soest
    • 2
  • Philippe Willenz
    • 3
  1. 1.Queensland MuseumSouth BrisbaneAustralia
  2. 2.Zoological MuseumUniversity of AmsterdamAmsterdamNetherlands
  3. 3.Royal Institute of Natural Sciences of BelgiumBrusselsBelgium

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag US 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Boston, MA
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-0-306-47260-2
  • Online ISBN 978-1-4615-0747-5
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