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WoRMS: World Register of Marine Species
Citeerbaar als data publicatie
WoRMS Editorial Board (2023). World Register of Marine Species. Available from at VLIZ. Accessed yyyy-mm-dd.

Toegang tot data
Specifieke website
Beschikbaarheid: Creative Commons License Deze dataset valt onder een Creative Commons Naamsvermelding 4.0 Internationaal-licentie.

An authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. WoRMS contains both global and regional species lists. meer

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. 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 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.

Biologie, Biologie > Ecologie - biodiversiteit
Marien/Kust, Brak water, Classificatie, Soorten, Taxonomie, World Waters, Animalia, Bacteria, Chromista, Fungi, Plantae, Protozoa, Viruses

Geografische spreiding
World Waters [Marine Regions]

Spreiding in de tijd
Vanaf 1758 [Gestart]

Taxonomic coverage
Animalia [WoRMS]
Bacteria [WoRMS]
Chromista [WoRMS]
Fungi [WoRMS]
Plantae [WoRMS]
Protozoa [WoRMS]
Viruses [WoRMS]


Bijdrage door
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), meerdatabank ontwikkelaar
WoRMS Steering Committee (SC), meerdata creator
WoRMS Editorial Board (WoRMS editors), meerdata creator

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Gebaseerd op deze dataset
Horton, T.; Kroh, A.; Vandepitte, L. (2022). WoRMS needs YOU! A reply to Collareta et al. 2020. Integrative Biology 17(2): 326-327., meer
Costello, M.J. et al. (2021). Introducing the World Register of Introduced Marine Species (WRiMS). Manag. Biol. Inv. 12(4): 792-811., meer
Hayward, B.W. et al. (2020). Foraminifera in the World Register of Marine Species (Worms) taxonomic database. J. Foramin. Res. 50(3): 291-300., meer
Vandepitte, L. et al. (2018). A decade of the World Register of Marine Species – General insights and experiences from the Data Management Team: Where are we, what have we learned and how can we continue? PLoS One 13(4): e0194599., meer
Horton, T. et al. (2017). Improving nomenclatural consistency: a decade of experience in the World Register of Marine Species. Eur. J. Taxon. 389: 1-24., meer
Martínez, A. et al. (2017). World Register of Marine Cave Species: a tool for investigating meiofaunal diversity in marine and anchialine subterranean systems. World Register of Marine Cave Species (WoRCS): [s.l.]. 1 poster pp., meer
Vandepitte, L. et al. (2015). How Aphia - the platform behind several online and taxonomically oriented databases - can serve both the taxonomic community and the field of biodiversity informatics. J. Mar. Sci. Eng. 3(4): 1448-1473., meer
Appeltans, W. et al. (2012). The magnitude of global marine species diversity. Curr. Biol. 22(23): 2189-2202., meer
Beschrijft deze dataset
Costello, M.J. et al. (2013). Global coordination and standardisation in marine biodiversity through the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and related databases. PLoS One 8(1): 20 pp., meer

Dataset status: Gestart
Data type: Data
Data oorsprong: Data collectie
Metadatarecord aangemaakt: 2007-08-28
Informatie laatst gewijzigd: 2023-01-19
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