243,167 accepted species of which 226,744 checked (93%)
448,593 species names including synonyms
556,277 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
54,149 images of which 27,880 checked (51%)
Last update: 8 minutes ago
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.
Thanks to many hands the World Register for Marine Species is becoming more complete
Added on: 2017-02-10 09:25:44 by Fockedey, NancyThe World register for marine species (WoRMS) aspires to contain all marine species ever described worldwide in one list. With the financial assistance of the project LifeWatch we were able to organize several data grants, meetings and workshops for experts in the course of 2016 designed to further improve this register and continue to complete it. The result? Thousands of new names added, a revision of (tens of) thousands already available names, and the development of new portals and tools, helping the user and editor community in accessing and utilizing WoRMS. ...
Aristotle and marine biodiversity
Added on: 2016-12-15 12:16:56 by Vandepitte, LeenAlthough many people are not aware of this, Aristotle has made many contributions to the field of marine biology. To celebrate his specific contributions, we are featuring 5 stories linking Aristotle's scientific contributions to taxonomy, ecology and species distributions to current day initiatives. ...
Obituary: Edward Lloyd Bousfield (1926-2016)
Added on: 2016-11-23 08:56:36 by Vandepitte, LeenIt is with a heavy heart and with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of Dr. Edward Bousfield on September 7 ...
New Steering Committee, Chair and Vice-chair in place for WoRMS
Added on: 2016-10-17 12:30:46 by Vandepitte, LeenFollowing the nominations and elections earlier this year for a number of positions within the Steering Committee (SC), the new WoRMS SC, with a newly elected chair and vice-chair is in place. ...
World List of Tardigrada launched
Added on: 2016-10-17 11:40:24 by Vandepitte, LeenThe World List of Tardigrada is now available! ...
LifeWatch support in 2015-2016 made it possible to make WoRMS more complete
Added on: 2016-09-22 09:55:42 by Dekeyzer, StefanieIn 2015-2016, LifeWatch funded several activities directly leading to the improvement and further completion of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). LifeWatch has invested in data grants, meetings and workshops, leading to the addition of thousands of new names to WoRMS, a revision of (tens of) thousands already available names, and the development of new portals and tools, helping the user and editor community in accessing and utilizing WoRMS. ...
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Who is using WoRMS?
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 (2017). World Register of Marine Species. Available from http://www.marinespecies.org at VLIZ. Accessed 2017-02-24. doi:10.14284/170
Citations (Google scholar)
Note to users
The WoRMS Editorial Board maintains this register, but is aware that the content can have omissions and errors.
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.
© WoRMS Editorial Board. The text on the WoRMS pages is open-access under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use provided it is cited as requested on the WoRMS webpages, unless stated otherwise on the individual pages.
Images are by default open-access under the terms of the CC BY-NC-SA license, unless stated otherwise.