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Current number of accepted species: 17,882

The Chinese Register of Marine Species (ChaRMS)

The geographic scope of ChaRMS is the marine species occurring in the Exclusive Economic Zone of China.

The starting point of this database was the checklist of biota of seas around China (Liu 2008). Liu (2008) described the geographic area as "The seas surrounding China mainland and the southern islands and reefs, situated at the low and mid-latitude of the planet, cover a great range across 37 latitudes (3°30′-40°50′N) of tropical, subtropical and warm-temperate climate zones, and with widest continental shelf in the east.

The thematic editors of this online database are

Former editors are listed here


Usage of data from the Chinese Register of Marine Species in scientific publications should be acknowledged by citing as follows:

  • Xu, K., An, J., Ding, L., Dong, D., Gao, Y., Huang, Y., Jiang, W., Lei, Y., Li, K., Li, X., Li, Y., Liang, X., Lin, G., Lin, M., Liu, H., Liu, J., Liu, W., Liu, X., Lu, D., Ma, Z., Ren, X., Sha, Z., Sun, J., Sun, S., Sun, Z., Tian, L., Wang, D., Wang, J., Wu, X., Xia, B., Xiao, N., Yin, J., Zhang, J., Zhang, S., Zhang, X., Zhao, E., Zheng, X., Zhou, H., Zhou, J. & Zhou, K. (2024). Chinese Register of Marine Species. Accessed at on 2024-07-16
If the data from the Chinese Register of Marine Species constitute a substantial proportion of the records used in analyses, the chief editor(s) of the database should be contacted. There may be additional data which may prove valuable to such analyses.

Individual pages are individually authored and dated. These can be cited separately: the proper citation is provided at the bottom of each page.


Liu J. Y. (editor) 2008. Checklist of marine biota of China seas. Institute of Oceanology, Chinese Academy of Sciences.

intro species

Major groups of marine biota including macroalgae and animals ranging from protozoa to fish