240,391 accepted species of which 225,165 checked (94%)
443,654 species names including synonyms
551,332 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
51,872 images of which 26,157 checked (50%)
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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.
Successful WoRMS Steering Committee meeting on June 8th – highlights
Added on: 2015-06-26 12:00:33 by Vandepitte, LeenThe WoRMS Steering Committee held its meeting on June 8th – World Oceans Day! – at the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research (HCMR) in Crete. ...
WoRMS Steering Committee (SC) meeting 8 Jun 2015 in Crete, Greece
Added on: 2015-06-04 16:34:28 by Vandepitte, LeenThe next WoRMS SC meeting will be held on 2015-06-08, back to back with an EMODNet Marine Species Traits and EU-BON meeting. ...
Obituary – Kristian Fauchald – WoRMS Polychaeta founding editor
Added on: 2015-04-29 10:25:36 by Vandepitte, LeenKristian Fauchald, emeritus research zoologist at Smithsonian, and a founding editor of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) passed away the 5th April 2015. ...
SMEBD dissolved by decision of the council
Added on: 2015-04-17 20:43:41 by SMEBD CouncilThe SMEBD council would like to officially inform you that the Society for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data (SMEBD) has been dissolved by decision of the council. ...
LifeWatch supports the Catalogue of Life Global Team meeting @VLIZ
Added on: 2015-04-07 11:01:28 by Dekeyzer, StefanieThe Global Team and Board of Directors of the Catalogue of Life have met at the Flanders Marine Institute to discuss the strategic plan for the Catalogue and how these goals can be accomplished. Back-to-back with these meetings, a mini-symposium was organized, offering a discussion platform to users, providers and related networks and initiatives to the Catalogue of Life. ...
Obituary - Roger Bamber - WoRMS Pycnogonida editor
Added on: 2015-04-02 14:18:39 by Vandepitte, LeenRoger Bamber, the WoRMS chief taxonomic editor of the sea-spiders has recently passed away. ...
World Register of Marine Introduced Species (WRIMS) officially launched
Added on: 2015-03-17 08:46:21 by Vandepitte, LeenWRIMS – a database of introduced and invasive alien marine species – has officially been released to the public. It includes more than 1,400 marine species worldwide, compiled through the collaboration with international initiatives and study of almost 2,500 publications. ...
PRESS RELEASE: Four newly discovered marine species added to world list WoRMS every day
Added on: 2015-03-11 18:03:44 by Vandepitte, LeenThe World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) confirms that currently 228,450 marine animal and plant species are known. A critical analysis has identified almost half the names assigned over two and a half centuries to ocean dwelling creatures as redundant aliases; they turned out to be synonyms. But still every day new species are discovered and described. In 2014 alone, some 1,451 new-to-science marine creatures were added to WoRMS — an average of four per day. ...
NeMys editors got off to a flying start!
Added on: 2015-03-02 10:57:50 by Vandepitte, LeenOn February 24-26, experts on free-living marine nematodes have gathered at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), host institute of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), to give the re-newed NeMys a kick-start and to discuss future plans. ...
FreshGEN: the Freshwater Gastropods of the European Neogene – a new thematic database
Added on: 2014-11-21 13:55:20 by Vandepitte, LeenThe FreshGEN database contains species information on Neogene freshwater Gastropoda and has kindly offered to share its information with both MolluscaBase and WoRMS. Through this, MolluscaBase is taking an excellent start regarding the fossil component of the database, as no less than 4.360 new taxa were added. ...
NeMys – the World Database of Free-Living Marine Nematodes – has joined forces with WoRMS
Added on: 2014-11-17 11:26:40 by Vandepitte, LeenNeMys has recently been integrated into the World Register of Marine Species. In addition to all the WoRMS-functionalities, it also holds a number of online identification keys. ...
WoRMS goes viral!
Added on: 2014-11-04 09:13:17 by Vandepitte, LeenThe goal of WoRMS is to deal with all marine organisms and – up till now – viruses have been completely overlooked. In collaboration with members of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV), WoRMS has leaped into the world of these fascinating tiny creatures and has made available the names of 129 marine virus species, including the link with their host organisms. ...
LifeWatch at the EMBS49
Added on: 2014-09-15 10:34:18 by Dekeyzer, StefanieDifferent aspects of the Belgian LifeWatch infrastructure were presented at the 49th European Marine Biology Symposium at St. Petersburg, Russia. ...
Major update of the Ostracoda in WoRMS
Added on: 2014-08-26 13:48:49 by Vandepitte, LeenRecently, 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. ...
GBIF has awarded its 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize to Tony Rees
Added on: 2014-07-15 09:55:53 by Vandepitte, LeenGBIF 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. ...
WoRMS goes fossil
Added on: 2014-05-26 12:22:13 by Dekeyzer, StefanieThe LifeWatch taxonomic backbone invests in capturing information on fossil ranges in the World Register of Marine Species ...
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, LeenThe 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. ...
WoRMS Steering Committee re-newed
Added on: 2014-04-07 11:54:02 by Vandepitte, LeenThe WoRMS Steering Committee welcomes Gustav Paulay as new member. In addition, Sabine Stöhr will serve another three years on the SC. ...
A "big bang" towards MolluscaBase
Added on: 2014-02-11 14:56:53 by Vandepitte, LeenOn 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. ...
Call for applications - LifeWatch grants to fill taxonomic gaps in WoRMS
Added on: 2014-01-15 14:23:30 by Vandepitte, LeenThrough 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.
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 2016-05-31
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.