245,041 accepted species of which 229,020 checked (93%)
450,775 species names including synonyms
558,719 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
52,229 images of which 26,365 checked (50%)
Last update: 53 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.
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. ...
WoRCS Project Report published in the open access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO)
Added on: 2016-09-14 00:58:53 by Gerovasileiou, VasilisThe report of the first Editor Workshop of the WoRCS initiative (22-25 February 2016, Oostende, Belgium), co-authored by the WoRCS Editor Group and the WoRMS Data Management Team, was published today in the open access journal Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO). ...
IRMNG transfer to VLIZ now complete, 2016 release now available
Added on: 2016-07-19 13:51:36 by Vandepitte, LeenThe 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, LeenThrough 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, LeenThe 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, SofieOn 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. ...
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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 (2016). World Register of Marine Species. Available from http://www.marinespecies.org at VLIZ. Accessed 2016-10-01. 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 firstname.lastname@example.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.