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ready World Register of Marine Species

Abbreviation: WoRMS

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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.


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Created in 2007

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How to cite this record WoRMS; World Register of Marine Species; DOI:; Last edited: March 12, 2021, 3:39 p.m.; Last accessed: Jan 18 2022 7:08 a.m.

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Record added: June 10, 2015, 2:37 p.m.
Record updated: Feb. 24, 2021, 11:15 a.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

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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?

Vandepitte L,Vanhoorne B,Decock W,Vranken S,Lanssens T,Dekeyzer S,Verfaille K,Horton T,Kroh A,Hernandez F,Mees J
PLoS One 2018

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Grant Number(s)

  • AquaRES (BR/132/A6/AQUARES; 2014-2016) (EMODnet Biology III)

  • EASME/EMFF/2016/ – Lot 5/SI2/750022 (EMODnet Biology III)

  • EU FP6 / GOCE-CT-2003-505446; 2004-2009 (Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning EU Network of Excellence)

  • INFRA-2008-1.2.2 – Scientific Data Infrastructures – Grant Agreement 238988; 2009-2012 (4D4Life)

  • MARE/2008/03 - Lot 4 Biology – Contract nr SI2.531562; 2009-2011 (EMODnet Biology)

  • MARE/2012/10 – Lot 5 Biology – Contract nr SI2.657705; 2012-2016 (EMODnet Biology II)

  • PESI/EU-FP7 - RI-223806; 2009-2011 (Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure)