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226,401 accepted species; of which 216,731 checked (96%)
413,959 species names including synonyms
517,087 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
49,117 images; of which 23,985 checked (49%)
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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 3,599 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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LifeWatch at the EMBS49
Added on: 2014-09-15 10:34:18 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Different aspects of the Belgian LifeWatch infrastructure were presented at the 49th European Marine Biology Symposium at St. Petersburg, Russia. ... [Read more]
Major update of the Ostracoda in WoRMS
Added on: 2014-08-26 13:48:49 by Vandepitte, Leen
Recently, over 38.000 new Ostracoda species names have been added to WoRMS, and more than 7.000 existing species names have been updated and verified. ... [Read more]
GBIF has awarded its 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize to Tony Rees
Added on: 2014-07-15 09:55:53 by Vandepitte, Leen
GBIF has awarded its prestigious Ebbe Nielsen Prize for 2014 to Tony Rees, whose groundbreaking informatics tools have significantly advanced the delivery of data about life on Earth. ... [Read more]
WoRMS goes fossil
Added on: 2014-05-26 12:22:13 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
The LifeWatch taxonomic backbone invests in capturing information on fossil ranges in the World Register of Marine Species ... [Read more]
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.
... [Read more]
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]
The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and the Catalogue of Life (CoL) intensify their collaboration
Added on: 2013-10-18 11:14:06 by Fockedey, Nancy
The Catalogue of Life (CoL) has the ambitious objective to list all species that occur worldwide, on land and at sea. There was already a contribution to this initiative from the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), but recently Leen Vandepitte and Wim Decock– both working in the VLIZ data centre for the WoRMS data management team – became member of the ' CoL Global Team ' and the ' CoL Editorial Board’, repsectively. This enables them to actively participate in the scientific basis and products of this grand biodiversity initiative. ... [Read more]
WoRMS, represented by Dr Mark Costello is an Award finalist for the ASAP award
Added on: 2013-10-02 09:44:07 by Vandepitte, Leen
PLOS has announced the finalists for the Accelarating Science Award Program and WoRMS has made it to the final six! ... [Read more]
New webpage on meetings and congresses focussed on echinoderms launched
Added on: 2013-08-05 10:37:13 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Echinoderm Files website provides information on all articles and abstracts published in the proceedings of the International Echinoderm Conferences and the European Conferences on Echinoderms ... [Read more]
Marine Regions Webservices launched
Added on: 2013-08-02 11:48:33 by Claus, Simon
As a user or developer you can now use the Marine Gazetteer webservices to feed your own application with the Marine Gazetteer standardized list of georeferenced marine place names and marine areas. Currently, we support both Restful and SOAP methods for accessing the services. [Read more]
WoRMS included in data management software product
Added on: 2013-07-10 14:04:20 by Costello, Mark
Thomson Ecology will soon include and distribute WoRMS within their data management software. This is the first formal agreement with a commercial company by WoRMS even though many users may be from commercial organisations. ... [Read more]
Amphipoda editorial team mobilized and World Amphipoda database launched
Added on: 2013-07-01 10:49:05 by Vandepitte, Leen
To provide sufficient expert knowledge for maintaining the database, we have now (2013) formed an editorial team to whom the queries on particular Amphipoda taxa should be addressed. The total number of Amphipoda editors is now 30, each with their own area of expertise.
... [Read more]
New Steering Committee, Chair and Vice-chair in place for WoRMS
Added on: 2013-06-19 16:06:47 by Vandepitte, Leen
Following 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.
... [Read more]
New taxonomic collaboration resource launched by WoRMS Porifera editors
Added on: 2013-05-25 10:00:33 by Costello, Mark
SpongeMaps (www.spongemaps.org) is an online, password protected “collaboration-in-the-cloud”, built specifically for those working on the difficult taxonomy of sponges (Porifera), but likely with more global utility across other phyla. ... [Read more]
The World Register of Deep Sea Species is pleased to announce the availability of our first iOS app: Deep Sea ID v1.0
Added on: 2013-03-20 12:39:42 by Vandepitte, Leen
The app is free to download and works on both iPhone and iPad. It allows offline access to the World Register of Deep-Sea Species and currently stores taxonomic information for over 20,000 deep-sea species, over 350 high-resolution photographs of deep-sea specimens and much more. ... [Read more]
Report on the WoRMS editor workshop in Vienna available
Added on: 2013-03-12 11:21:06 by Vandepitte, Leen
On February 21st, we held our WoRMS editor workshop in Vienna. Although we did not have a massive turnout (11 people in total), we did have a very good workshop, with valuable feedback and discussions.
... [Read more]
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Who is using WoRMS?

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 2014-09-24

Citations (Google scholar)

Citations for "World Register of Marine Species": 1,741
Cited publications: 20
H-Index: 18
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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.