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World Register of marine Cave Species (WoRCS)

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Introduction to WoRCS

The World Register of marine Cave Species (WoRCS) aims to create a comprehensive taxonomic and ecological database of species known from marine and anchialine cave environments worldwide. The assembled data will form a Thematic Species Database (TSD) of WoRMS. The cave-related information will be managed by the WoRCS thematic editors in collaboration with the taxonomic editors of WoRMS, who manage the taxonomic content. The creation of this database will allow for an accurate assessment of the diversity and distribution of such faunas, and will provide information vital for evidence-based conservation.



Discovery of a new scale worm with presumed deep-sea affinities from an anchialine cave in the Balearic Islands

Added on: 2022-09-11 13:14:48 by Gerovasileiou, Vasilis
A remarkable new genus and species of scale worm (Annelida: Polynoidae) was found on the bottom sediments of an anchialine cave on the island of Mallorca (Balearic Islands, western Mediterranean). ...

Distribution and Ecology of Decapod Crustaceans in Mediterranean Marine Caves: A Review

Added on: 2022-03-06 10:23:33 by Gerovasileiou, Vasilis
New review paper summarizes and updates the existing knowledge about the decapod fauna of Mediterranean marine caves on the basis of a dataset of 76 species from 133 caves in 13 Mediterranean countries. ...

Mediterranean marine caves: a synthesis of current knowledge

Added on: 2022-03-06 10:13:15 by Gerovasileiou, Vasilis
A total of 2369 taxa have been reported from 404 caves in 15 Mediterranean countries! ...

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WoRCS Editorial Team

Please contact the most relevant editor according to the roles listed below.

Editor Group (* founding editors)


Usage of data from the World Register of marine Cave Species in scientific publications should be acknowledged by citing as follows:

If the data from the World Register of marine Cave 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.


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