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Queensland sponges

The Queensland Museum collection of sponges is arguably the largest in the southern hemisphere, with approximately 30,000 specimens of 5,000 species from tropical Australasia, predominantly shallow waters. Although only about 400 species have been described so far for all of Queensland, these collections contain about 2,500 sponge species from freshwater lakes to the Coral Sea island territories lying off the coast of Queensland. 

A checklist of named Australian sponge species can be found at the Australian Biological Resources Study, Australian Faunal Directory website.

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