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Statistics

226,360 accepted species; of which 216,674 checked (96%)
413,574 species names including synonyms
516,652 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
49,098 images; of which 23,957 checked (49%)
Last update: 20 minutes ago
WoRMS passed the 200,000 species mark in 2010 in conjunction with the celebration of 10 years' Census of Marine Life.
Given an estimated 230,000 accepted described marine species, still 3,640 to go (plus the yearly increment of 2,000 newly described species).

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.
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LifeWatch at the EMBS49
Added on: 2014-09-15 10:34:18 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Different aspects of the Belgian LifeWatch infrastructure were presented at the 49th European Marine Biology Symposium at St. Petersburg, Russia. ... [Read more]
Major update of the Ostracoda in WoRMS
Added on: 2014-08-26 13:48:49 by Vandepitte, Leen
Recently, over 38.000 new Ostracoda species names have been added to WoRMS, and more than 7.000 existing species names have been updated and verified. ... [Read more]
GBIF has awarded its 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize to Tony Rees
Added on: 2014-07-15 09:55:53 by Vandepitte, Leen
GBIF has awarded its prestigious Ebbe Nielsen Prize for 2014 to Tony Rees, whose groundbreaking informatics tools have significantly advanced the delivery of data about life on Earth. ... [Read more]
WoRMS goes fossil
Added on: 2014-05-26 12:22:13 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
The LifeWatch taxonomic backbone invests in capturing information on fossil ranges in the World Register of Marine Species ... [Read more]
The Interim Register for Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG) will move from CSIRO to VLIZ
Added on: 2014-04-09 08:47:19 by Vandepitte, Leen
The database manager of IRMNG is looking for a new host institute for his database. The Flanders Marine Institute has launched an offer, which has recently been accepted by CSIRO, the current host institute of IRMNG and its curator Tony Rees. ... [Read more]
WoRMS Steering Committee re-newed
Added on: 2014-04-07 11:54:02 by Vandepitte, Leen
The WoRMS Steering Committee welcomes Gustav Paulay as new member. In addition, Sabine Stöhr will serve another three years on the SC. ... [Read more]

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An overview of who is using WoRMS is available on our users webpage.

Citation

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 (2014). World Register of Marine Species. Available from http://www.marinespecies.org at VLIZ. Accessed 2014-09-16

Citations (Google scholar)

Citations for "World Register of Marine Species": 1,737
Cited publications: 20
H-Index: 18
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Disclaimer

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.