243,354 accepted species of which 226,700 checked (93%)
454,020 species names including synonyms
567,873 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
54,177 images of which 27,924 checked (52%)
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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.
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.
Call for nominations for the WoRMS Steering Committee
Added on: 2014-01-15 14:03:46 by Vendepitte, LeenDuring 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. ...
The LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone supports the WoRMS Amphipoda editors
Added on: 2013-10-22 14:46:13 by Dekeyzer, StefanieThe taxonomic data management task force at VLIZ will process 250 publications to help complete the Amphipoda information in WoRMS ...
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, NancyThe 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. ...
WoRMS, represented by Dr Mark Costello is an Award finalist for the ASAP award
Added on: 2013-10-02 09:44:07 by Vandepitte, LeenPLOS has announced the finalists for the Accelarating Science Award Program and WoRMS has made it to the final six! ...
New webpage on meetings and congresses focussed on echinoderms launched
Added on: 2013-08-05 10:37:13 by Vandepitte, LeenThe 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 ...
Marine Regions Webservices launched
Added on: 2013-08-02 11:48:33 by Claus, SimonAs 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.
WoRMS included in data management software product
Added on: 2013-07-10 14:04:20 by Costello, MarkThomson 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. ...
Amphipoda editorial team mobilized and World Amphipoda database launched
Added on: 2013-07-01 10:49:05 by Vandepitte, LeenTo 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.
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 (2017). World Register of Marine Species. Available from http://www.marinespecies.org at VLIZ. Accessed 2017-02-28. doi:10.14284/170
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Note to users
The WoRMS Editorial Board maintains this register, but is aware that the content can have omissions and errors.
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.
© WoRMS Editorial Board. The text on the WoRMS pages is open-access under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use provided it is cited as requested on the WoRMS webpages, unless stated otherwise on the individual pages.
Images are by default open-access under the terms of the CC BY-NC-SA license, unless stated otherwise.