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226,424 accepted species; of which 216,785 checked (96%)
414,166 species names including synonyms
517,946 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
49,154 images; of which 24,022 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 3,576 to go (plus the yearly increment of 2,000 newly described species).

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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.
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In memory of Carlo Heip
Added on: 2013-02-26 02:16:48 by Costello, Mark
One of the world’s great marine biologists has passed away. ... [Read more]
PRESS RELEASE: The World Register of Marine Species (2013) PLOS Collections launched!
Added on: 2013-01-09 23:09:14 by Costello, Mark
This Collection has been created by the editors of the World Register of Marine Species, an open-access online database which holds information on all marine species, and some of their freshwater and terrestrial relatives. The WoRMS database contains species names, synonyms, sources and a range of other information, as described in the collection overview paper (Costello et al. 2012). ... [Read more]
Launch of the African Register of Marine Species (AfReMaS)
Added on: 2012-12-11 13:00:05 by BelHassen, Malika
We are pleased to announce the launch of the African Register of Marine Species (AfReMaS). It aims to compile and manage an authoritative list of species occurring along African marine coasts. It tries to provide the most up-to-date taxonomy edited by taxonomic experts. ... [Read more]
Launch of the World Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDSS)
Added on: 2012-12-04 14:18:16 by Horton, Tammy
We are pleased to announce the launch of the World Register of Deep-Sea Species, a new web portal in close collaboration with the WoRMS team at VLIZ and with the help of the taxonomic editors. The World Register of Deep-Sea species aims to bring together the most up-to-date taxonomy with a suite of identification tools (online keys, monographs and papers) recommended by taxonomic experts. ... [Read more]
Next WoRMS Steering Committee (SC) meeting: 12 Dec 2012, Ostend, Belgium
Added on: 2012-11-23 17:38:43 by Vandepitte, Leen
The meeting will be held back to back with an EMODNet/WoRMS species attributes workshop. [Read more]
PRESS RELEASE: At Least One-Third of Marine Species Remain Undescribed
Added on: 2012-11-15 18:10:22 by Appeltans, Ward
At least one-third of the species that inhabit the world’s oceans may remain completely unknown to science. That’s despite the fact that more species have been described in the last decade than in any previous one, according to a report published online on November 15 in the Cell Press publication Current Biology that details the first comprehensive register of marine species of the world—a massive collaborative undertaking by hundreds of experts around the globe. ... [Read more]
WoRMS weekly digest launched
Added on: 2012-08-24 12:14:51 by Vanhoorne, Bart
In the past, several people have asked the database management team about the possibility to create an alert system for the WoRMS editors, so they can keep better track of all the changes and additions that are made to the taxonomic group they are responsible for. ... [Read more]
New data manager for WoRMS: Leen Vandepitte
Added on: 2012-06-15 13:51:31 by Mees, Jan
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) has appointed Leen Vandepitte as the new data manager for WoRMS.
Leen is a biologist with a lot of experience in biological data management. In the VLIZ data centre, she is also responsable for the management of EurOBIS. Wim Decock (biologist) and Bart Vanhoorne (IT specialist) will of course continue to serve in the data management team for WoRMS. [Read more]
World List of Lophogastrida, Stygiomysida and Mysida launched ('Mysidacea')
Added on: 2012-04-12 10:27:01 by Mees, Jan
The peracarid crustacean orders Mysida, Lophogastrida and Stygiomysida were formerly grouped under the name "Mysidacea". Although the treatment in three separate orders is now accepted, we have chosen to present mysids, lophogastrids and stygiomysids in the same web interface. The higher classification (orders, families, subfamilies) follows Meland & Willassen (2007), and the fossil order of Pygocephalomorpha is also included in the database.
... [Read more]
New WoRMS Steering Committee (SC) 2012 approved
Added on: 2012-03-06 13:19:28 by Appeltans, Ward & Costello, Mark
A new WoRMS Steering Committee (SC) has been approved by the WoRMS Editors. Many of the editors said it is a well-balanced representation of expertise. [Read more]
NEW: Marine Species of the British Isles and Adjacent Seas (MSBIAS)
Added on: 2012-03-05 14:16:06 by Appeltans, Ward
We are pleased to launch a new regional species database for the British Isles and Adjacent Seas (MSBIAS), that grew out of the World Register of Marine Species database. [Read more]
A glossary of marine ecology and habitat mapping terminology
Added on: 2012-03-05 13:35:09 by Costello, Mark
A glossary of marine ecology and habitat mapping terminology has been started as a collaboration between GeoHab and The World Register of Marine Species. All terms are peer-reviewed by a committee of ecologists and geologists prior to publication. Comments and suggestions for rewording and additional terms to be included are welcomed from the scientific community. [Read more]
State of Observed Species report shows nearly 20,000 new species described in 2009
Added on: 2012-02-06 13:44:07 by Appeltans, Ward
IISE counted 176,311 new living species between 2000 and 2009, of which 19,232 were described in the last year (SOS report 2011, released on 18 Jan 2012). WoRMS has 1,928 new marine species in 2009. The data were gathered from Zoological Record, IPNI, MycoBank, WoRMS and AlgaeBase. ... [Read more]
URMO website, as a tribute to Jacob van der Land
Added on: 2011-12-21 11:32:10 by Appeltans, Ward
The UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms (URMO) was the first attempt to compile an electronic list all marine species during the 1990’s. It was invented and developed by Jacob van der Land at the National Museum of Natural History, Leiden (and several colleagues). URMO and other databases (such as the European Register of Marine Species) were the starting points for the current World Register of Marine Species. The URMO list is no longer actively maintained and is completely adopted by the World Register of Marine Species. ... [Read more]
The Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), host institute of the WoRMS database, is now officially a World Data Centre.
Added on: 2011-11-25 10:26:18 by Appeltans, Ward
VLIZ was awarded this honour and saw its efforts in managing marine data since 2000 rewarded with an international certification within the World Data System of the International Council for Science (ICSU). VLIZ is now an official member of a global network of 28 world data centres, of which only 4 deal with marine data management. ... [Read more]
In Memoriam Jacob van der Land (1935-2011)
Added on: 2011-10-27 09:35:14 by Hoeksema, Bert W.
Dr. Jacob van der Land passed away on Sunday 23 October 2011, 76 years old. He spent many of his productive years - before and after his retirement - on the Unesco Register of Marine Species, the European Register of Marine Species, and indirectly also on WoRMS. ... [Read more]
WoRMS frequently mentioned at the World Conference of Marine Biodiversity 2011
Added on: 2011-10-11 09:56:28 by Appeltans, Ward
WoRMS was quoted as a source of information many times during the World Conference of Marine Biodiversity (25-30 September 2011, Aberdeen, UK), the largest ever conference of marine biologists with almost 1000 present. ... [Read more]
The World Polychaeta Database launched
Added on: 2011-09-19 13:21:24 by Read, Geoff
The new Global Species Database (GSD) contains over 11,000 accepted species and is a merge of the World Register of Polychaeta by Kristian Fauchald (2007) and numerous additions/edits from Geoff Read (>2009), and several other editors. ... [Read more]
World Modern Foraminifera Database launched
Added on: 2011-08-12 10:20:55 by Hayward, B.W.
The World Modern Foraminifera Database currently contains roughly 10,000 names, including 6,700 accepted species. It also contains 1,100 references and around 2,700 images of species.
The (3) editors are: Bruce W. Hayward; Tomas Cedhagen; Mike Kaminski. ... [Read more]
The European Species Portal (PESI) has been launched!
Added on: 2011-05-10 09:36:27 by De Hauwere, Nathalie
The portal of PESI (Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure) has been launched: www.eu-nomen.eu/portal and is available in 21 European languages. With time, it will be possible to find and search through the information of all species appearing in Europe. Not only the species living in seas and oceans, but also of all terrestrial and aquatic species. Currently, there are already nearly half a million scientific and non-scientific names in 88 languages for over 210 000 species and over 6 million distribution records. ... [Read more]
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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 2014-09-30

Citations (Google scholar)

Citations for "World Register of Marine Species": 1,755
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.