239,165 accepted species of which 222,814 checked (93%)
469,269 species names including synonyms
601,731 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
58,282 images of which 31,869 checked (55%)
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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.
Open call to design a new logo for the World Register of Marine Species
Added on: 2017-03-30 13:10:09 by Vandepitte, Leen2017 is the tenth anniversary year of WoRMS. One of the major actions planned for this year is a re-vamping of the WoRMS website. This will include a brand-new logo. ...
Preparations to launch DiatomBase enter their final stage
Added on: 2017-03-30 09:52:24 by Vandepitte, LeenLast week, 15 taxonomic experts for DiatomBase got together for the first time, during a LifeWatch-WoRMS sponsored workshop. This get-together is the official start of DiatomBase, a world register of all marine, non-marine, recent and fossil diatom species. ...
The Register of Antarctic Species moves forward
Added on: 2017-03-29 09:06:35 by Vandepitte, LeenThe launch of the new Register of Antarctic Species (RAS) is planned for July, during the Twelfth SCAR Biology Symposium. Meanwhile, the preparations to get this Portal populated are ongoing, and this included an intensive training of the involved editors in the use of the online platform. ...
Today is Taxonomist Appreciation Day!
Added on: 2017-03-17 15:18:31 by Vandepitte, LeenBack in 2013, Terry McGlynn – researcher & associate Professor of Biology at the California State University Dominguez Hills – has declared March 19th as a new holiday, being “Taxonomist Appreciation Day”. ...
WoRMS Achievement Award & WoRMS Early Career Researchers Award
Added on: 2017-03-08 09:07:18 by Vandepitte, LeenFor the second time, WoRMS will recognize one of its editors through the WoRMS Achievement Award. In addition, the Steering Committee has agreed to hand out its first Early Career Researchers Award. ...
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. ...
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. ...
WoRCS in the 16th International Meiofauna Conference (IsIMCo)
Added on: 2016-07-09 15:46:18 by Martínez García, AlejandroLast 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, LeenWoRMS is pleased to announce the launch of the Chinese Register of Marine Species (ChARMS).
Taxonomy symposium honours leading scientist (and WoRMS editor)
Added on: 2016-04-29 09:17:31 by Vandepitte, LeenA symposium to honour the retirement of Dr Dennis Gordon, a long-time WoRMS Editor, has been held in Wellington, New Zealand. In addition to being a world expert on Bryozoa, he led a project of international scientists to produce the benchmark three-volume New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity (2009-2012), that included more than 56,200 living and 14,700 fossil species. ...
Amphipoda editors meet in Oostende
Added on: 2016-04-05 17:09:20 by Vandepitte, LeenOn April 4-5, 22 of the 32 Amphipoda editors met in Oostende, to further complete the World Amphipoda Database (WAD). ...
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 2017-04-27. 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.