Description

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) Porifera (sponge) collection includes more than 7500 registered specimens. The collection includes 51 holotypes and 51 paratype lots. Microscope slides (spicule and thick section preparations) are associated with most of the registered material.

The collection comprehensively covers Northern Australia, but also includes specimens from other regions in Southeast Asia (e.g. The Philippines and Thailand) and the Western Central Pacific. Many species in the collection represent new species and are undescribed.

Much of the material has been collected from remote parts of the NT coastline, during a Bioprospecting Program which alone resulted in the collection of more than 2000 sponge specimens. This recent material is linked to microscope slides, underwater photos and descriptions of the external morphology of the live sponge

The collection was established in 1981 and continues to the present.

Taxonomic range

The collection is mostly comprised of specimens from the class Demospongiae, with a small number of specimens from the classes Calcarea and Hexactinellida (glass sponges).

Geographic range

The collection comprehensively covers northern Australia, but also includes specimens from other regions in Southeast Asia (e.g. Philippines, Thailand) and the central west Pacific.

Number of specimens in the collection

The estimated number of specimens in the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Porifera Collection is 7,500.

Of these 7,500 are databased. This represents 100.0 % of the collection.

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Digitised records available through the Atlas

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Porifera Collection has an estimated 7,500 specimens.
The collection has databased 100.0 % of these (7,500 records).

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