240,383 accepted species of which 225,151 checked (94%)
443,600 species names including synonyms
551,255 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
51,870 images of which 26,155 checked (50%)
Last update: 3 hours ago
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.
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.
New Steering Committee, Chair and Vice-chair in place for WoRMS
Added on: 2013-06-19 16:06:47 by Vandepitte, LeenFollowing 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.
New taxonomic collaboration resource launched by WoRMS Porifera editors
Added on: 2013-05-25 10:00:33 by Costello, MarkSpongeMaps (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. ...
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, LeenThe 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. ...
Report on the WoRMS editor workshop in Vienna available
Added on: 2013-03-12 11:21:06 by Vandepitte, LeenOn 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.
In memory of Carlo Heip
Added on: 2013-02-26 02:16:48 by Costello, MarkOne of the world’s great marine biologists has passed away. ...
PRESS RELEASE: The World Register of Marine Species (2013) PLOS Collections launched!
Added on: 2013-01-09 23:09:14 by Costello, MarkThis 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). ...
Launch of the African Register of Marine Species (AfReMaS)
Added on: 2012-12-11 13:00:05 by BelHassen, MalikaWe 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. ...
Launch of the World Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDSS)
Added on: 2012-12-04 14:18:16 by Horton, TammyWe 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. ...
Next WoRMS Steering Committee (SC) meeting: 12 Dec 2012, Ostend, Belgium
Added on: 2012-11-23 17:38:43 by Vandepitte, LeenThe meeting will be held back to back with an EMODNet/WoRMS species attributes workshop.
PRESS RELEASE: At Least One-Third of Marine Species Remain Undescribed
Added on: 2012-11-15 18:10:22 by Appeltans, WardAt 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. ...
WoRMS weekly digest launched
Added on: 2012-08-24 12:14:51 by Vanhoorne, BartIn 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. ...
New data manager for WoRMS: Leen Vandepitte
Added on: 2012-06-15 13:51:31 by Mees, JanThe 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.
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 2016-05-28
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.