An update from the World Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDSS)
Added on 2015-07-23 09:37:14 by Horton, Tammy
In December 2012 the deep-sea web portal 'World Register of Deep-Sea Species, WoRDSS’ was launched. Thanks to the superb efforts of many of the taxonomic editors we already have 24,977 species listed. More than 10% of known marine taxa are found deeper than 500m. But this is the largest environment on earth and we know there are more...
WoRDSS is an ongoing project and we would welcome further input from WoRMS editors who wish to contribute to the project.
It is very likely that the current list of deep-sea species for many taxa will be incomplete. The initial dataset was based on records in OBIS and SYNDEEP and it was clear from the outset that rarer species (e.g. those only reported once in older literature) may not be in these databases.
In 2014 we carried out focussed projects to collate data on particular taxa (see http://www.marinespecies.org/activities.php ; namely Isopoda: Asellota; Polychaeta: Siboglinidae, Ampharetidae, Polynoidae & Dorvilleidae; and Echinodermata: Holothuroidea.
These projects have together added 30 newly published species to WoRMS, added 1391 new deep-sea distributions to WoRDSS, linked or added over 122 identification references to WoRMS and WoRDSS (not including the many original descriptions & context sources added) and made available 74 good quality images for use on WoRDSS and the iOS app. We have also worked to remove erroneous non-deep-sea taxa.
We would like to continue working with editors to improve the dataset and therefore ask for your help:
Thanks for all your efforts so far, we look forward to hearing from you.
Tammy, Adrian, & Nick and the WoRMS DMT team.