|The Indonesian sponge fauna: a status report|
Van Soest, R.W.M. (1989). The Indonesian sponge fauna: a status report. Neth. J. Sea Res. 23(2): 223-230
In: Netherlands Journal of Sea Research. Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ): Groningen; Den Burg. ISSN 0077-7579, more
Snellius-II sponge collecting yielded 355 species (together about 1300 specimens). An illustrated simplified key to the more common reef forms is presented using only field characters. A preliminary taxonomic review of the Indonesian sponge fauna is given, based on an analysis of material collected during the Snellius-II Expedition, of older material of the Siboga Expedition (so far largely unpublished), and of data in the literature (most recent dating from before 1935). The Indonesian sponge fauna, which is provisionally estimated to comprise 830 nominal species (obvious synonims not counted) is compared to the fauna of relatively well-studied areas elsewhere in the Indo-Pacific region and to the West Indian sponge fauna, using numbers of species of each of 188 genera occurring in more than one of the areas concerned. Based on published reports the Australian tropical sponge fauna appears to be dissimilar to that of Indonesia.