240,193 accepted species of which 224,881 checked (94%)
442,526 species names including synonyms
549,897 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
51,691 images of which 25,950 checked (50%)
Last update: 10 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.
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). ...
NeMys launches two new identification keys: Rhynchonema & Monhysteridae
Added on: 2016-03-30 14:51:04 by Guilini, KatjaWhile the editorial team is working hard behind the scene to have the list of free-living marine nematodes as complete and up-to-date as possible by this summer, one of the first accomplishments was reached from the long run aims. That is adding new identification keys based on up to date taxonomic information. ...
Winner of the WoRMS Achievement Award
Added on: 2016-03-16 08:40:58 by Vandepitte, LeenIt is a great pleasure to be able to announce to the WoRMS community that the first winner of the WoRMS Achievement Award is Philippe Bouchet. ...
Launch of the Hong-Kong Register of Marine Species – HKRMS -, a new regional list within WoRMS.
Added on: 2016-03-14 13:25:49 by Vandepitte, LeenUpon request of Terence Ng - researcher at the Swire Institute of Marine Science in Hong-Kong – a regional register for Hong-Kong has been created within WoRMS. ...
WoRCS editors got off to a flying start!
Added on: 2016-02-29 10:23:31 by Dekeyzer, StefanieOn February 22-25, eight experts on marine and anchialine cave faunas gathered at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), host institute of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), for the first editor workshop of the World Register of marine Cave Species (WoRCS). ...
First Ascidiacea Editors Meeting
Added on: 2016-02-29 10:10:44 by Dekeyzer, StefanieFrom the 15th until 17th of February 2016, Ascidiacea experts from around the world met at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), host institute of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). The meeting brought together all of the WoRMS Ascidiacea editors and a special guest: the world-renowned ascidian taxonomist Françoise Monniot. ...
First WoRMS Achievement Award
Added on: 2016-02-01 20:21:27 by Klautau, MichelleWe would like to announce the first WoRMS Achievement Award. The objective of this award is to recognize the editor or group of editors that promoted an outstanding contribution to the development or content of the WoRMS and/or its associated databases ...
Support WoRMS editors through the VLIZ philanthropy programme
Added on: 2016-01-29 12:42:36 by Vandepitte, LeenUsers and the public at large can now make financial contributions to support the work of the many WoRMS editors. This can be done through the recently established VLIZ philanthropy programme, where ‘Support the WoRMS Editors’ has been recognized as a philanthropy project. ...
Everything you ever wanted to know about the Aphia data system
Added on: 2015-12-15 17:10:24 by Vandepitte, LeenEver wondered about the structure and functionalities of Aphia, the database behind e.g. WoRMS? No need to be puzzled anymore, as a paper has recently been published on this subject. ...
Ultimate synchronisation of Hexacorallians of the World and WoRMS
Added on: 2015-12-07 09:47:36 by Vandepitte, LeenFor years, Daphne Fautin has kept her Hexacorallians of the World Database online. Early April, she has retired from her zoology job at the Kansas University and will be taking on new challenges. ...
A South African artist has ‘caught’ all fish names from WoRMS in an impressive artwork, with an environmental message
Added on: 2015-11-05 13:33:41 by Vandepitte, LeenIn January 2015, the WoRMS data management received an unusual request from a South African artist, Craig McClenaghan, who was searching for a full list of the world’s marine fish species. ...
Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean published!
Added on: 2015-09-11 09:38:47 by Vandepitte, LeenThe Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research (SCAR) has recently published the comprehensive “Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean”, as a legacy of the International Polar Year (2007-2009). ...
MolluscaBase officially launched!
Added on: 2015-08-25 16:43:21 by Vandepitte, LeenAfter more than a year of planning and preparations, the MolluscaBase portal is ready to be launched! ...
New Steering Committee in place
Added on: 2015-08-25 13:09:44 by Vandepitte, LeenThe WoRMS Steering Committee welcomes Nicolas Bailly and Nicole Boury-Esnault as new SC members. ...
Call for applications - LifeWatch money available to support data grants and to organize editor workshops
Added on: 2015-08-05 09:04:24 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 either through (1) data grants or (2) the organization of an editor-workshop. ...
LifeWatch support in 2014 made it possible to make WoRMS more complete
Added on: 2015-07-31 12:18:57 by Vandepitte, LeenIn 2014, LifeWatch funded several activities directly leading to the improvement and further completion of the World Register of Marine Species. LifeWatch has invested in data grants, meetings and workshops, leading to the addition of more than 7.600 new names to WoRMS, a revision of almost 19.000 names and the development of new portals and tools, helping the user and editor community in accessing and utilizing WoRMS. ...
An update from the World Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDSS)
Added on: 2015-07-23 09:37:14 by Horton, TammyIn December 2012 the deep-sea web portal 'World Register of Deep-Sea Species, WoRDSS’ was launched.
Thanks to the superb efforts of many of the taxonomic editors we already have 24,977 species listed. More than 10% of known marine taxa are found deeper than 500m.
But this is the largest environment on earth and we know there are more... ...
Updating the Register of Antarctic Marine Species (RAMS)
Added on: 2015-07-07 11:56:02 by De Broyer, ClaudeWe noticed that in some taxonomic groups there are substantial gaps in the Southern Ocean species lists: most of the recently described species have not been registered, and for which the distribution of many taxa was largely underestimated ...
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 2016-05-06
Citations (Google scholar)
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 email@example.com.