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239,654 accepted species of which 224,622 checked (94%)
443,314 species names including synonyms
551,197 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
52,040 images of which 26,293 checked (51%)
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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.
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IRMNG transfer to VLIZ now complete, 2016 release now available

Added on: 2016-07-19 13:51:36 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG) now hosted at VLIZ, plus new data available in 2016 release ...

Call for applications - LifeWatch funding available to organize editor workshops

Added on: 2016-07-14 15:32:39 by Vandepitte, Leen
Through LifeWatch, The Flanders Marine Institute – host of the WoRMS database – has a budget available to financially support editors to address a number of priority gaps within WoRMS. This can be done through the organization of an editor-workshop. ...

A DOI for WoRMS

Added on: 2016-07-14 09:43:35 by Vandepitte, Leen
The WoRMS Steering Committee decided that the WoRMS database should receive a Digital Object Identifier (DOI), identical to the DOIs that get assigned to scientific publications. ...

Fourth EMODnet Biology Workshop

Added on: 2016-07-12 14:46:12 by Vranken, Sofie
On June 17th, 17 experts met in Oostende to further develop a framework for the description, collation and dissemination of traits information relating to marine species. ...

WoRCS in the 16th International Meiofauna Conference (IsIMCo)

Added on: 2016-07-09 15:46:18 by Martínez García, Alejandro
Last week (3-8 July 2016) the WoRCS initiative was presented to the 16th International Meiofauna Conference (IsIMCo) ...

Chinese Register of Marine Species - ChaRMS - launched!

Added on: 2016-05-03 18:48:08 by Vandepitte, Leen
WoRMS is pleased to announce the launch of the Chinese Register of Marine Species (ChARMS).

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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 (2016). World Register of Marine Species. Available from http://www.marinespecies.org at VLIZ. Accessed 2016-07-26. doi:10.14284/170

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Citations (Google scholar)

Citations for "World Register of Marine Species": 3,762

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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 info@marinespecies.org.

© 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.