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Statistics

222,065 accepted species; of which 210,959 checked (95%)
402,210 species names including synonyms
503,066 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
48,389 images; of which 25,676 checked (53%)
Last update: 3 hours 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 7,935 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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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]
A "big bang" towards MolluscaBase
Added on: 2014-02-11 14:56:53 by Vandepitte, Leen
On February 6-7, Mollusca experts gathered at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), host institute of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), to discuss a strategy to expand the molluscan component of WoRMS to MolluscaBase. MolluscaBase will be a Global Species Database covering all marine, freshwater and terrestrial molluscs, recent and fossil. ... [Read more]
Call for applications - LifeWatch grants to fill taxonomic gaps in WoRMS
Added on: 2014-01-15 14:23:30 by Vandepitte, Leen
Through LifeWatch, The Flanders Marine Institute – host of the WoRMS database – has a budget available to financially support editors to address gaps within their group. In 2014, WoRMS has access to a LifeWatch budget of 25.000€ which will be made available to the WoRMS editors through small grants.
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Call for nominations for the WoRMS Steering Committee
Added on: 2014-01-15 14:03:46 by Vendepitte, Leen
During the Steering Committee meeting of December 2012, it was decided that each year, a number of Steering Committee positions would be opened for new nominations. This provides both stability and a certain rotation in the membership. ... [Read more]
The LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone supports the WoRMS Amphipoda editors
Added on: 2013-10-22 14:46:13 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
The taxonomic data management task force at VLIZ will process 250 publications to help complete the Amphipoda information in WoRMS ... [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 2014-04-17

Citations (Google scholar)

Citations for "World Register of Marine Species": 1,445
Cited publications: 20
H-Index: 20
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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.