Document of dataset 1447

Dataset record

Type
Dataset
DOI
https://www.doi.org/10.14284%2F170
title in English
World Register of Marine Species
Acronym
WoRMS
Description in English
The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature.


The content of WoRMS is controlled by taxonomic experts, not by database managers. WoRMS has an editorial management system where each taxonomic group is represented by one or more experts who have the authority over the content, and are responsible for controlling the quality of the information. Each of these main taxonomic editors can invite several specialists of smaller groups within their area of responsibility to join them.


This register of marine species grew out of the European Register of Marine Species (ERMS), and its combination with several other species registers maintained at the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). Rather than building separate registers for all projects, and to make sure taxonomy used in these different projects is consistent, VLIZ developed a consolidated database called ‘Aphia’. A list of marine species registers included in Aphia is available on the website. MarineSpecies.org is the web interface for this database. The WoRMS is an idea that is being developed, and will combine information from Aphia with other authoritative marine species lists which are maintained by others (e.g. AlgaeBase, FishBase, Hexacorallia, NeMys).


Resources to build MarineSpecies.org and Aphia were provided mainly by the EU Network of Excellence ‘Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning’ (MarBEF), and also by the EU funded Species 2000 Europe and ERMS projects. Currently, funding is received through the LifeWatch project, where WoRMS is part of the LifeWatch Taxonomic Backbone.


Aphia contains valid species names, synonyms and vernacular names, and extra information such as literature and biogeographic data. Besides species names, Aphia also contains the higher classification in which each scientific name is linked to its parent taxon. The classification used is a ‘compromise’ between established systems and recent changes. Its aim is to aid data management, rather than suggest any taxonomic or phylogenetic opinion on species relationships.


Keeping WoRMS up-to-date is a continuous process. New information is entered daily by the taxonomic editors and by the members of the Data Management Team. Often data also come in from contributions of large datasets, such as global or regional species lists. No database of this size is without errors and omissions. We can’t promise to make no errors, but we do promise to follow up and give feedback on any communications pointing out errors. Feedback is very welcome!


Access to the data can be obtained either through the online interface or through requesting a download of the database.

Abstract in English
An authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. WoRMS contains both global and regional species lists.
Abstract in nl
Een toonaangevende en uitgebreide lijst met namen van mariene organismen, waaronder informatie over synoniemen. WoRMS bevat zowel globale als regionale soortenlijsten.
Contactpoint
Email
info@marinespecies.org
License
https://spdx.org/licenses/CC-BY-4.0.html
bibliographicCitation
WoRMS Editorial Board (2024). World Register of Marine Species. Available from https://www.marinespecies.org at VLIZ. Accessed yyyy-mm-dd.
Version
2023

Temporal coverage

Temporal
Start date
1758-1-1

Geographical coverage

Spatial
World Waters

Thesaurus terms

Keyword
Classification
Species
Taxonomy

Themes

theme
Biology
Biology > Ecology - biodiversity

Taxonomic terms

Taxon keywords
Animalia
Bacteria
Chromista
Fungi
Plantae
Protozoa
Viruses

Ownerships

contributor
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee
contributor
WoRMS Steering Committee
creator
WoRMS Editorial Board

Publication references

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Dataset references

is part of
Aphia
has part
600 randomly selected marine species from WoRMS, described between 2013 and 2017 with metrics extracted from their original descriptions
Personal Decapoda distribution Database for Europe
Type locality distributions from the World Register of Marine Species
record
African Register of Marine Species
related (partially included in)
Algaebase
record
AlgaeTraits: a trait database for (European) seaweeds (dataset)
record
AlgaeTraits: a trait database for (European) seaweeds (portal)
record
Arctic Register of Marine Species
record
Ascidiacea World Database
record
Belgian Register of Marine Species
record
Black Sea checklist for Ocean-Ukraine & Sibema
record
Canadian Register of Marine Species
record
Chinese Register of Marine Species
record
Clarion-Clipperton Zone Species Checklist
record
DecaNet: World List of Decapoda
record
DiatomBase
record
European Register of Marine Species version 2
record
Fauna Italia - Checklist of the species of the Italian Fauna
related (partially included in)
Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment
record
Freshwater Gastropods of the European Neogene database
record
Global Compositae Database
record
Gulf of Mexico Register of Marine Species
record
Hans De Blauwe site
record
Hemichordata World Database
record
Hexacorallians of the world
record
Hong Kong Register of Marine Species
related (partially included in)
Index Fungorum
record
IOC-UNESCO Taxonomic Reference List of Harmful Micro Algae
record
Marine Species of the British Isles and Adjacent Seas
record
Marine Species Traits
record
MilliBase
record
MolluscaBase
record
New Zealand Register of Marine Species (volume I)
record
North Atlantic Register for Marine Species
record
North Sea Benthos Project
record
North Sea Benthos Survey
record
Phoronida World Database
related (partially included in)
Phylum Ctenophora: list of all valid species names
record
PycnoBase: World Pycnogonida Database
record
Register of Antarctic Species
record
Taxonomic Information System for the Belgian coastal area
record
The Mangrove Reference Database and Herbarium
record
The Register of Antarctic Marine Species
related (partially included in)
The Reptile Database
record
UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms
replaces
VLIZ's Marine Species Register
record
World Amphipoda Database
record
World Ascothoracida Database
record
World Asteroidea Database
record
World Cetacea Database
record
World Ciliophora Database
record
World Cumacea Database
record
World Database of Euphausiacea
record
World Database of Littoral Myriapoda
record
World Database of Nematodes
record
World Echinoidea Database
record
World Foraminifera Database
record
World Gastrotricha Database
record
World Hydrozoa Database
record
World Kinorhyncha Database
record
World List of Acoelomorpha
record
World List of Actiniaria
record
World List of Antipatharia
record
World List of Appendicularia
record
World List of Barchiopoda
record
World List of Bochusacea
record
World List of Brachypoda
related (partially included in)
World List of Bryozoa
record
World list of Cephalochordata
record
World List of Ceriantharia
record
World List of Cestoda
record
World List of Chaetognatha
record
World List of Corallimorpharia
record
World List of Crinoidea
record
World List of Cubozoa
record
World List of Echiura
record
World List of Gnathostomulida
record
World List of Holothuroidea
record
World List of Leptostraca
record
World List of Lophogastrida, Stygiomysida and Mysida
record
World List of Loricifera
record
World List of marine Acanthocephala
record
World List of marine Brachyura
record
World List of Marine Oligochaeta
record
World List of Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial Isopod Crustaceans
record
World List of Merostomata
record
World List of Monogenea
record
World List of Mystacocarida
record
World List of Myxozoa
record
World List of Octocorallia
record
World List of Orthonectida
record
World List of Polycystina (Radiolaria)
record
World List of Priapulida
record
World list of Rhizocephala
record
World List of Rhombozoa
record
World List of Scleractinia
record
World List of Scyphozoa
record
World List of Staurozoa
record
World List of Tanaidacea
record
World List of Tantulocarida
record
World list of Tardigrada
record
World List of Thaliacea
record
World List of Thermosbaenacea
record
World List of Trematoda
record
World list of turbellarian worms: Acoelomorpha, Catenulida, Rhabditophora
record
World List of Xenoturbellida
record
World List of Zoantharia
record
World Nemertea Database
record
World of Copepods
record
World Ophiuroidea Database
record
World Ostracoda Database
record
World Placozoa Database
record
World Polychaeta Database
record
World Porifera Database
record
World Register of Deep-Sea Species
record
World Register of Introduced Marine Species
record
World Register of marine Cave Species
record
World Remipedia Database
record
World Sipuncula Database
record
World Strepsiptera Database
record
WoRMS checklist of Irish marine species
record
WoRMS checklist of marine species from Greece
record
WoRMS checklist of marine species from the Iberian Peninsula
record
WoRMS checklist of marine species in Israel
record
WoRMS checklist of marine species occurring in Polish marine waters
record
WoRMS checklist of Swedish marine species
record
WoRMS checklist of the terrestrial and marine biota from the Azores

Special collections

part of special collection
Belgian marine datasets
Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning
VLIZ Acknowledged Publications

Document metadata

date created
2007-08-28
date modified
2024-01-11