240,099 accepted species of which 224,785 checked (94%)
442,204 species names including synonyms
549,521 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
51,667 images of which 25,926 checked (50%)
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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.
Taxonomy symposium honours leading scientist (and WoRMS editor)
Added on: 2016-04-29 09:17:31 by Vandepitte, LeenA symposium to honour the retirement of Dr Dennis Gordon, a long-time WoRMS Editor, has been held in Wellington, New Zealand. In addition to being a world expert on Bryozoa, he led a project of international scientists to produce the benchmark three-volume New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity (2009-2012), that included more than 56,200 living and 14,700 fossil species. ...
Amphipoda editors meet in Oostende
Added on: 2016-04-05 17:09:20 by Vandepitte, LeenOn April 4-5, 22 of the 32 Amphipoda editors met in Oostende, to further complete the World Amphipoda Database (WAD). ...
NeMys launches two new identification keys: Rhynchonema & Monhysteridae
Added on: 2016-03-30 14:51:04 by Guilini, KatjaWhile the editorial team is working hard behind the scene to have the list of free-living marine nematodes as complete and up-to-date as possible by this summer, one of the first accomplishments was reached from the long run aims. That is adding new identification keys based on up to date taxonomic information. ...
Winner of the WoRMS Achievement Award
Added on: 2016-03-16 08:40:58 by Vandepitte, LeenIt is a great pleasure to be able to announce to the WoRMS community that the first winner of the WoRMS Achievement Award is Philippe Bouchet. ...
Launch of the Hong-Kong Register of Marine Species – HKRMS -, a new regional list within WoRMS.
Added on: 2016-03-14 13:25:49 by Vandepitte, LeenUpon request of Terence Ng - researcher at the Swire Institute of Marine Science in Hong-Kong – a regional register for Hong-Kong has been created within WoRMS. ...
WoRCS editors got off to a flying start!
Added on: 2016-02-29 10:23:31 by Dekeyzer, StefanieOn February 22-25, eight experts on marine and anchialine cave faunas gathered at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), host institute of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), for the first editor workshop of the World Register of marine Cave Species (WoRCS). ...
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An overview of who is using WoRMS is available on our users webpage.
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 (2016). World Register of Marine Species. Available from http://www.marinespecies.org at VLIZ. Accessed 2016-05-02
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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 email@example.com.