The World Register of Marine Species aims to provide the most authoritative list of names of all marine species globally, ever published

Fucus serratus Linnaeus, 1753, author: Francisco Arenas
Xenoturbella churro
Cerianthus membranaceus, author: Pillon, Roberto
Alcyonidium condylocinereum Porter, 2004, author: Nuyttens, Filip
Argulus foliaceus, author: Boxshall, Geoff



So many legs, so little time…

Added on: 2018-03-05 10:28:49 by Vandepitte, Leen
MilliBase: Global Diplopod species catalog launched: Check it out now and come back often! ...

Expanding MolluscaBase – welcoming freshwater and terrestrial editors during a WoRMS-LifeWatch workshop

Added on: 2018-02-19 10:15:10 by Vandepitte, Leen
In the week of 5-9 February, the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) – host of Aphia, the online platform behind WoRMS and its many subregisters – welcomed Mollusca-experts for 4 days, to expand the content of MolluscaBase with their freshwater and terrestrial representatives and to document species traits. ...

Nemys: saying goodbye to its chief editor and major plans to move forward

Added on: 2018-02-15 09:09:27 by Vandepitte, Leen
Katja Guilini is passing on her chief editor responsibilities after leading Nemys since 2015. Meanwhile, the register will evolve towards a fully global initiative, soon to include freshwater and terrestrial representatives. ...

Publication based on WoRMS: Improving nomenclatural consistency - a decade of experience in WoRMS

Added on: 2018-01-05 14:01:19 by Vandepitte, Leen
Just before the end of 2017, an Open Access Opinion Paper was published in the European Journal of Taxonomy by the WoRMS Steering Committee, on the importance of nomenclatural consistency and how this is being dealt with in WoRMS, based on its 10-year experience. This paper also frames within the 10 year anniversary celebration of WoRMS. ...

Launch Species Register Scheldt

Added on: 2017-12-08 08:52:11 by Vandepitte, Leen
First version of the species register for the Scheldt Estuary online! ...

WoRMS featured in 'The Conversation UK': How many undiscovered creatures are there in the ocean?

Added on: 2017-11-30 15:02:35 by Vandepitte, Leen
The sea remains the least explored habitat on our blue planet. But through WoRMS we know that more than 242,500 species have already been described... ...

WoRMS celebrates its 10th anniversary!

Added on: 2017-11-06 16:33:27 by Vandepitte, Leen
The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) can blow out 10 candles this year… Since its launch in 2007, WoRMS has evolved tremendously – including the technology behind it -, and we are celebrating this with a complete make-over of the website. ...

Turbellarian WoRMS portal launched

Added on: 2017-10-25 14:17:34 by Vandepitte, Leen
A new World list is made available on the Turbellarian worms, including the Acoelomorpha, Catenulida and Rhabditophora. This World List now contains 3.425 accepted species names and is one of the most complete existing resources for Turbellarian taxa. ...

Awardees for the WoRMS Achievement & Early Career Researchers Award known

Added on: 2017-10-19 11:18:12 by Vandepitte, Leen
Ben Thuy has received the first Early Career Researchers Award. The second WoRMS Achievement Award was granted to Geoff Boxshall, long-time supporter of WoRMS. ...

WoRMS and the Encyclopedia of Life (EoL) renew their collaboration!

Added on: 2017-10-11 09:37:54 by Vandepitte, Leen
Eight years after the signing of the first MoU between EOL & WoRMS, the content of the MoU has been updated to meet the current content and possibilities of both systems. ...

MoU between FADA and WoRMS is a fact!

Added on: 2017-09-08 16:42:12 by Vandepitte, Leen
A data exchange agreement between the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) and the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has been signed! ...

FishBase receives the Le Cren Medal

Added on: 2017-07-13 15:33:17 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Fisheries Society of the British Isles awarded the 2017 Le Cren Medal to FishBase for “a lifelong contribution to all aspects of the study of fish biology and/or fisheries science, with a focus on conservation, training or public understanding of the discipline.” ...

Call for applications - LifeWatch funds available to organize editor workshops in 2017-2018

Added on: 2017-07-07 16:13:16 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 10 year overview of IRMNG, the Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera

Added on: 2017-06-13 13:56:54 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Earlier this week, an Open Access paper was published, featuring an overview of the 10 year history of the Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera, and explaining its way forward. ...

8 June: World Oceans Day!

Added on: 2017-06-08 08:50:17 by Vandepitte, Leen
Since 2002, June 8th has been declared World Oceans Day. ...

Nemertea Portal launched!

Added on: 2017-05-05 15:28:54 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Nemertea are now available through their own Portal: the World Nemertea Database. ...

Nemertea and Parasite experts together at VLIZ, during a double WoRMS-LifeWatch workshop

Added on: 2017-04-28 14:17:02 by Vandepitte, Leen
On April 24-26 2017, the Flanders Marine Institute – home of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) – welcomed 23 editors, with expertise in Nemertea (3) and Parasites (20). Both groups were at VLIZ for the first ‘double’ LifeWatch-sponsored workshop. ...

Open call to design a new logo for the World Register of Marine Species

Added on: 2017-03-30 13:10:09 by Vandepitte, Leen
2017 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, Leen
Last 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, Leen
The 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. ...


Currently in WoRMS

Accepted marine species

241 597 (95% checked)

Marine species names, including synonyms

486 477

Species with image

31 484 (55% checked)