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World Register of Marine Species

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World Register of Marine Species

World Register of Marine Species
Abbreviation WoRMS
Formation 2008
Headquarters Belgium

The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is a

  • World Register of Marine Species

External links

See also

  1. ^ "Towards a World Register of Marine Species". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2009-02-16. 
  2. ^ "About". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved August 24, 2013. 
  3. ^ Catherine Brahic (2008-06-25). "How many species live in the sea?".  
  4. ^ "WoRMS - World Register of Marine Species". World Register of Marine Species. Retrieved 2011-11-20. 


As of September 2012, WoRMS contained listings for 214,921 valid marine species, of which 196,349 were checked. Their goal is to have a listing for each of the approximately 240,000 marine species.[4]

WoRMS was founded in 2008 and grew out of the European Register of Marine Species.[2] It is primarily funded by the European Union and hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute in Ostend, Belgium. WoRMS has established formal agreements with several other biodiversity projects, including the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and the Encyclopedia of Life. In 2008, WoRMS stated that it hoped to have an up-to-date record of all marine species completed by 2010, the year in which the Census of Marine Life was completed.[3]


The content of the registry is edited and maintained by scientific specialists on each group of organism. These synonyms and invalid names. It will be an on-going task to maintain the registry, as new species are constantly being discovered and described by scientists. In addition, the nomenclature and taxonomy of existing species is often corrected or changed as new research is constantly being published.



  • Overview 1
  • History 2
  • References 3
  • See also 4
  • External links 5


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