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226,388 accepted species; of which 216,712 checked (96%)
413,858 species names including synonyms
516,969 taxon names (infraspecies to kingdoms)
49,096 images; of which 23,964 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 3,612 to go (plus the yearly increment of 2,000 newly described species).

About WoRMS

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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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]
NEW World Asteroidea Database
Added on: 2009-02-16 12:06:53 by Chris Mah
I just wished to announce that the World Asteroidea Database containing all currently accepted starfish names (over 1,800 and counting) is now up and running! Visit www.marinespecies.org/asteroidea ... [Read more]
The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and the Encyclopedia of Life (EoL)
Added on: 2009-01-30 11:56:35 by Mark Costello, Cynthia Parr, Jim Edwards and Ward Appeltans
Today the Smithsonian Institution, on behalf of EoL and the Society for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data (SMEBD), on behalf of WoRMS, has officially come to an agreement to work together to develop and share biodiversity information. ... [Read more]
WoRMS grows as more experts from all over the world contribute
Added on: 2009-01-28 16:49:13 by Mark J. Costello
As of today 142 taxonomists from 92 institutions in 26 countries are contributing data to WoRMS (list below). The main goal in 2009 for the new WoRMS Steering Committee will be to fill the few gaps in the WoRMS Editorial board. I welcome suggestions for editors, whether to cover a taxon globally or regionally, and whether they provide nomenclatural, distribution images, or other information on species. In time, I expect our editors leading large taxa will have an increasing number of Associate Editors which they coordinate, as this will share the work of keeping the database up to date. ... [Read more]
Eight proposals received funding through the GBIF campaign
Added on: 2009-01-28 14:48:03 by Ward Appeltans
In late 2008, small grants were awarded to WoRMS Taxonomic Editors to assist the publication of content related to several taxa through WoRMS. We thank the Global Biodiversity Information Facility for the funding for these grants. ... [Read more]
Harmful Micro Algae hands-on workshop, 17-18 November 2008
Added on: 2008-11-18 11:09:24 by Ward Appeltans
WoRMS now hosts the IOC Reference List on Toxic Algae, which provides information on more than 70 marine toxic algae. ... [Read more]
1st Marine Taxonomy Workshop report
Added on: 2008-10-07 15:25:28 by Ward Appeltans
Over 55 scientists from 17 countries met at the Flanders Marine Institute and planned the completion of a World Register of Marine Species by 2010, at a MarBEF workshop. ... [Read more]
Discovery of a new fish species on BBC
Added on: 2008-08-18 12:15:12 by Ward Appeltans
In a new BBC series, Kate Humble sets sail on a 2,000-mile adventure across the Pacific with a team of top natural history filmmakers and deep-water marine biologists. ... [Read more]
Official logo for WoRMS
Added on: 2008-08-04 12:02:47 by Ward Appeltans
Out of 10 submissions, this logo won the competition during a plenary vote at the Marine Taxonomy Workshop in Ostend. We'd like to thank everyone for their contributions and special thanks and congratulations go to Arnaud Brecht from Paris. [Read more]
WoRMS now public reality after world-wide media coverage
Added on: 2008-07-24 16:49:23 by Ward Appeltans
The news was reported in at least 21 stories in 9 languages distributed by 14 newswires, which also appeared on more than 275 media websites across 27 countries. ... [Read more]
Funding for contributing to the World Register of Marine Species
Added on: 2008-07-24 14:33:28 by Mark Costello
Current and potential Taxonomic Editors are invited to submit short proposals to contribute to WoRMS. ... [Read more]
World Register of Marine Species inaugurated with first 122,500 validated names, at VLIZ in Ostend (Belgium)
Added on: 2008-06-24 11:04:43 by Ward Appeltans
Marking the World Register's official inauguration, some 55 researchers from 17 countries met in Belgium to plan its completion by 2010. Leading World Register experts independently estimate that about 230,000 marine species are known to science. They also believe there are three times as many unknown (unnamed) marine species as known, for a grand total on Earth that could surpass 1 million. ... [Read more]
Gigantic poster advertises a million species undersea, and most awaiting a name
Added on: 2008-05-08 10:00:57 by Ward Appeltans
WorMS is being showcased on a series of gigantic (75m long) one Million-Word Street Posters in Christchurch (New Zealand). ... [Read more]
WoRMS logo competition
Added on: 2008-04-25 14:35:11 by Ward Appeltans
We still haven’t got a nice logo for our World Register of Marine Species. Therefore we launch a call for logo’s. The WoRMS logo will be used on the MarineSpecies.org website and on promotional material, such as presentations, brochures, posters, etc. ... [Read more]
WoRMS presented at IMDIS 2008 in Athens (Greece)
Added on: 2008-04-24 14:16:06 by Ward Appeltans
Francisco Hernandez, Manager of the VLIZ data centre, presented WoRMS at the International Conference on Marine Data and Information Systems in Athens on 31 March 2008. ... [Read more]
In Memoriam Professor Alan Southward
Added on: 2008-03-18 16:21:03 by Ward Appeltans
Alan Southward was a world expert on the taxonomy of barnacles.
... [Read more]
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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 2014-09-21

Citations (Google scholar)

Citations for "World Register of Marine Species": 1,737
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.