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222,043 accepted species; of which 210,877 checked (95%)
402,089 species names including synonyms
502,915 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
48,390 images; of which 25,672 checked (53%)
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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 7,957 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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The Canadian Register of Marine Species is now available online
Added on: 2010-11-23 17:24:15 by Kennedy, Mary
CaRMS is one of the regional species registers in WoRMS, containing authoritative species distribution records for marine areas of interest to Canadian researchers and includes taxa found in three oceans: the Atlantic, the Arctic and the Pacific. ... [Read more]
NEW World Ascidiacea Database
Added on: 2010-10-19 15:47:08 by Shenkar, Noa
The "World Ascidiacea Database" has just gone online as a part of the World Register of Marine Species initiative. ... [Read more]
First reference list of toxic micro algae online
Added on: 2010-10-19 15:31:13 by Appeltans, Ward
We recently held our 1st meeting of the editorial board of the IOC taxonomic reference list of harmful micro algae (11-13 October 2010 in Hillerød, Denmark). The reference list is an integral part of the World Register of Marine Species database and is actively maintained by nine taxonomic experts. This taxonomic reference list is an initiative of the UNESCO IOC programme on harmful algal blooms. ... [Read more]
Belgian Register of Marine Species online
Added on: 2010-10-01 11:41:50 by Vandepitte, Leen
The Belgian Register of Marine Species is now available online. It contains all currently accepted scientific names for all sea creatures appearing in the Belgian part of the North Sea, mainly based on the knowledge of field experts and – for some taxonomic groups – complemented with available literature. ... [Read more]
LSIDs implemented
Added on: 2010-09-24 18:02:28 by Vanhoorne, Bart
WoRMS has now implemented persistent & resolvable LSIDs for taxa. For more information, click on 'webservices'. ... [Read more]
Mangrove database in Plant Ecology and Evolution
Added on: 2010-09-14 10:34:26 by Appeltans, Ward
The journal Plant Ecology and Evolution has recently published a paper on the ‘Mangrove Reference Database and Herbarium’, which is an integral part of the World Register of Marine Species, hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute. ... [Read more]
NEW World Echinoidea Database
Added on: 2010-09-10 15:38:06 by Kroh, Andreas
The World Echinoidea Database has just gone online. It contains all currently accepted scientific names for sea urchins and is progressively extended to include all published combinations of echinoid names, allowing both specialists and non-specialists to find the currently accepted name for extant sea urchins. [Read more]
NEW Littoral myriapods website
Added on: 2010-07-20 16:00:57 by Barber, Tony
Centipedes and millipedes seem unlikely animals to find on seashores but in fact there are several species of millipede and more than forty centipedes (notably the geophilomorphs or “wire centipedes”) that are known from around high water or below on beaches around the world and there are certainly other species to be recorded from such sites. ... [Read more]
New version of taxon match online
Added on: 2010-07-19 12:55:49 by Appeltans, Ward
VLIZ has implemented a more powerful semi-automated tool to cross-check species lists against the WoRMS database (called Aphia). Click on Match taxa in the menu. You can upload a list of species names and the system will return your file matched with the species names in WoRMS. It notifies when the name is an unaccepted synonym, if the spelling is not exact (phonetic or near matches), the authority and publication date, the hierarchical classification, quality status (expert validated or not), the persistent WoRMS LSID and citation for each name. When there are multiple matches the system provides a pick-list. ... [Read more]
The International Institute of Species Exploration reports 1,922,710 living species on Earth.
Added on: 2010-05-26 15:30:51 by Appeltans, Ward
Their 2010 annual report "State of Observed Species (SOS)" makes on overview of nearly two million species of which one million are insects. In 2008, 18,225 living species and 2,140 animal fossil species were described as new to science. WoRMS is now an official data partner. [Read more]
WoRMS collaborating with the Census of Marine Life
Added on: 2010-02-03 16:53:17 by Mark Costello, Ward Appeltans
The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is pleased to announce funding from the Census of Marine Life (CoML) Synthesis group at Memorial University to help complete draft species lists for gaps in taxon coverage in WoRMS. ... [Read more]
WoRMS participates in the Global Names Index initiative
Added on: 2009-11-06 12:42:29 by Costello, Mark
WoRMS is contributing to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and the development of international biodiversity informatics science through participating in the Global Names Index (GNI) initiative (www.globalnames.org). ... [Read more]
1,000,000 hits every month...
Added on: 2009-10-06 11:54:54 by Appeltans, Ward
The number of visitors to the WoRMS website is increasing. September was the third month already showing over one million hits. On a regular week day, there are more than 2,000 visits. For 2009, we are approaching 200,000 unique visitors (on the basis of the IP address). If WoRMS could help each of these researchers to save on average one working day per year to find the currently valid name or correct spelling, then this would mean a total gain of 1,000 full time equivalents this year only (not to mention a.o. the scientific benefit). ... [Read more]
NEW World Hydrozoa Database
Added on: 2009-08-24 15:51:44 by Schuchert, Peter
Hydrozoa are among the most diverse group of cnidarians. The World Hydrozoa database includes all extant hydrozoan species and is intended to act as a tool for anyone needing correct taxonomic information, both specialists and non-specialists alike. Visit: www.marinespecies.org/hydrozoa. ... [Read more]
NEW World Placozoa Database
Added on: 2009-07-29 12:28:44 by Bernd Schierwater
This is the smallest of all animal databases yet; it contains a single valid species, Trichoplax adhaerens. This actual situation is soon to change radically. The World Placozoa Database is online at www.marinespecies.org/placozoa. ... [Read more]
The Antarctic Register of Marine Species in Nature
Added on: 2009-05-07 16:15:12 by Ward Appeltans
In February 2009, an editorial appeared in Nature 'The way ahead for polar science'. The authors stressed that, although the 4th International Polar Year (IPY) has come to an end, polar research should remain a top priority. They also urged for setting up an open archive to collect all the data generated by IPY and to make these publicly available for further research. ... [Read more]
NEW World Cetacea Database
Added on: 2009-03-17 11:00:56 by Bill Perrin
The World Cetacea Database containing all currently accepted scientific names for whales, dolphins and porpoises is now up and running. Visit www.marinespecies.org/cetacea. ... [Read more]
NEW World Remipedia database
Added on: 2009-03-16 15:56:09 by Koenemann, Stefan
The Remipedia DB has been launched and is running on www.marinespecies.org/remipedia. It contains all currently known and recognized species (and higher taxa). ... [Read more]
GBIF welcomes SMEBD
Added on: 2009-03-06 13:55:11 by Costello, Mark
The Society for the Management of Electronic Data (SMEBD) was pleased to become an Associate Participant of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) on 6 March 2009. The SMEBD Chair, Mark J. Costello, and a member of SMEBD Council, Dr Thomas Pape, are the SMEBD representatives to the GBIF Governing Board.
Over 31.000 links are connecting species names in WoRMS and GenBank
Added on: 2009-02-18 10:10:35 by Ward Appeltans
WoRMS provides deeplinks to external databases which hold relevant expert-validated species information. Now over 31.000 taxa in WoRMS have a direct link to the sequence data in GenBank, and in return GenBank links back to the specific taxon pages in WoRMS. ... [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 2014-04-16

Citations (Google scholar)

Citations for "World Register of Marine Species": 1,445
Cited publications: 20
H-Index: 20
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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.