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229,405 accepted species of which 220,482 checked (96%)
421,882 species names including synonyms
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About WoRMS

With WoRMS we aim to provide the most authoritative list of names of all marine species globally, ever published.

WoRMS is a contribution to Lifewatch, Catalogue of Life, Encyclopedia of Life,
Global Biodiversity Information Facility and the Census of Marine Life.


Obituary – Kristian Fauchald – WoRMS Polychaeta founding editor
Added on: 2015-04-29 10:25:36 by Vandepitte, Leen
Kristian Fauchald, emeritus research zoologist at Smithsonian, and a founding editor of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) passed away the 5th April 2015. ... [Read more]
SMEBD dissolved by decision of the council
Added on: 2015-04-17 20:43:41 by SMEBD Council
The SMEBD council would like to officially inform you that the Society for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data (SMEBD) has been dissolved by decision of the council. ... [Read more]
LifeWatch supports the Catalogue of Life Global Team meeting @VLIZ
Added on: 2015-04-07 11:01:28 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
The Global Team and Board of Directors of the Catalogue of Life have met at the Flanders Marine Institute to discuss the strategic plan for the Catalogue and how these goals can be accomplished. Back-to-back with these meetings, a mini-symposium was organized, offering a discussion platform to users, providers and related networks and initiatives to the Catalogue of Life. ... [Read more]
Obituary - Roger Bamber - WoRMS Pycnogonida editor
Added on: 2015-04-02 14:18:39 by Vandepitte, Leen
Roger Bamber, the WoRMS chief taxonomic editor of the sea-spiders has recently passed away. ... [Read more]
World Register of Marine Introduced Species (WRIMS) officially launched
Added on: 2015-03-16 08:46:20 by Vandepitte, Leen
WRIMS – a database of introduced and invasive alien marine species – has officially been released to the public. It includes more than 1,400 marine species worldwide, compiled through the collaboration with international initiatives and study of almost 2,500 publications. ... [Read more]
PRESS RELEASE: Four newly discovered marine species added to world list WoRMS every day
Added on: 2015-03-11 18:03:44 by Vandepitte, Leen
The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) confirms that currently 228,450 marine animal and plant species are known. A critical analysis has identified almost half the names assigned over two and a half centuries to ocean dwelling creatures as redundant aliases; they turned out to be synonyms. But still every day new species are discovered and described. In 2014 alone, some 1,451 new-to-science marine creatures were added to WoRMS — an average of four per day. ... [Read more]

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We ask you to cite the individual global or regional species lists, or species pages as appropriate. Their citations are shown on their web pages. The database as a whole is to be cited as follows:

WoRMS Editorial Board (2015). World Register of Marine Species. Available from http://www.marinespecies.org at VLIZ. Accessed 2015-05-25

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Citations for "World Register of Marine Species": 2,391
Cited publications: 20
H-Index: 27
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The editorial board maintains this register, but is aware that it is not complete and undoubtedly contains errors. The board cannot be made responsible for any errors or misuse of data contained in this register. Comments from our users are more than welcome, so if you come across any error or incomplete information or you are willing to contribute to this initiative please contact us at info@marinespecies.org.