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WRIMS: World Register of Introduced Marine Species
Pagad, S.; Hayes, K.; Katsanevakis, S. & Costello, M. J. (2016). World Register of Introduced Marine Species (WRIMS). Accessed at on 2016-05-12

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The World Register of Introduced Marine Species (WRIMS) records which marine species in the World Register of Marine species (WoRMS) have been introduced deliberately or accidentally by human activities to geographic areas outside their native range. It excludes species that colonised new locations naturally (so called ‘range extensions’), even if in response to climate change. more

WRIMS notes the origin (source location) of the species at a particular location by country, sea area and/or latitude longitude as available. If the species is reported to have had ecological or economic impacts it is considered invasive in that location. Each record is linked to a source publication or specialist database. A glossary of terminology is available. Links have been provided to species profiles of well-known marine invasive species in the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) of the IUCN Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).

In using WRIMS, users need to consider possible species misidentifications in the sources, and that for some species it is uncertain which is their native and introduced ranges. Whether a species is ‘invasive’ can vary between locations and over time at a particular location.

Biology, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Marine, Classification, Introduced species, Species, Taxonomy, World

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Temporal coverage
From 1758 on [In Progress]


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WoRMS: World Register of Marine Species, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Literature research
Metadatarecord created: 2016-05-12
Information last updated: 2016-05-12
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