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Current number of accepted species: 17,811

The Chinese Register of Marine Species (ChaRMS)

The geographic scope of ChaRMS is the marine species occurring in the Exclusive Economic Zone of China.

The starting point of this database was the checklist of biota of seas around China (Liu 2008). Liu (2008) described the geographic area as "The seas surrounding China mainland and the southern islands and reefs, situated at the low and mid-latitude of the planet, cover a great range across 37 latitudes (3°30′-40°50′N) of tropical, subtropical and warm-temperate climate zones, and with widest continental shelf in the east.

The thematic editors of this online database are

Former editors are listed here

This database should be cited as follows:

Xu, K., An, J., Ding, L., Dong, D., Gao, Y., Huang, Y., Jiang, W., Lei, Y., Li, K., Li, X., Li, Y., Liang, X., Lin, G., Lin, M., Liu, H., Liu, J., Liu, W., Liu, X., Lu, D., Ma, Z., Ren, X., Sha, Z., Sun, J., Sun, S., Sun, Z., Tian, L., Wang, D., Wang, J., Wu, X., Xia, B., Xiao, N., Yin, J., Zhang, J., Zhang, S., Zhang, X., Zhao, E., Zheng, X., Zhou, H., Zhou, J. & Zhou, K. (2019). Chinese Register of Marine Species. Accessed at on 2019-10-15


Liu J. Y. (editor) 2008. Checklist of marine biota of China seas. Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

intro species

Major groups of marine biota including macroalgae and animals ranging from protozoa to fish