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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.


Countries that developed this resource Belgium

Created in 2007

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Record added: June 10, 2015, 2:37 p.m.
Record updated: Feb. 3, 2020, 11:10 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)

  • EASME/EMFF/2016/ – Lot 5/SI2/750022), AquaRES (BR/132/A6/AQUARES; 2014-2016 (EMODnet Biology III)

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

  • 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 I)

  • 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)