New version of taxon match online

Added on: 2010-07-19 12:55:49 by Appeltans, Ward
VLIZ has implemented a more powerful semi-automated tool to cross-check species lists against the WoRMS database (called Aphia). Click on Match taxa in the menu. You can upload a list of species names and the system will return your file matched with the species names in WoRMS. It notifies when the name is an unaccepted synonym, if the spelling is not exact (phonetic or near matches), the authority and publication date, the hierarchical classification, quality status (expert validated or not), the persistent WoRMS LSID and citation for each name. When there are multiple matches the system provides a pick-list. ...

The International Institute of Species Exploration reports 1,922,710 living species on Earth.

Added on: 2010-05-26 15:30:51 by Appeltans, Ward
Their 2010 annual report "State of Observed Species (SOS)" makes on overview of nearly two million species of which one million are insects. In 2008, 18,225 living species and 2,140 animal fossil species were described as new to science. WoRMS is now an official data partner.

WoRMS collaborating with the Census of Marine Life

Added on: 2010-02-03 16:53:17 by Mark Costello, Ward Appeltans
The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is pleased to announce funding from the Census of Marine Life (CoML) Synthesis group at Memorial University to help complete draft species lists for gaps in taxon coverage in WoRMS. ...

WoRMS participates in the Global Names Index initiative

Added on: 2009-11-06 12:42:29 by Costello, Mark
WoRMS is contributing to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and the development of international biodiversity informatics science through participating in the Global Names Index (GNI) initiative ( ...

1,000,000 hits every month...

Added on: 2009-10-06 11:54:54 by Appeltans, Ward
The number of visitors to the WoRMS website is increasing. September was the third month already showing over one million hits. On a regular week day, there are more than 2,000 visits. For 2009, we are approaching 200,000 unique visitors (on the basis of the IP address). If WoRMS could help each of these researchers to save on average one working day per year to find the currently valid name or correct spelling, then this would mean a total gain of 1,000 full time equivalents this year only (not to mention a.o. the scientific benefit). ...

NEW World Hydrozoa Database

Added on: 2009-08-24 15:51:44 by Schuchert, Peter
Hydrozoa are among the most diverse group of cnidarians. The World Hydrozoa database includes all extant hydrozoan species and is intended to act as a tool for anyone needing correct taxonomic information, both specialists and non-specialists alike. Visit: ...

NEW World Placozoa Database

Added on: 2009-07-29 12:28:44 by Bernd Schierwater
This is the smallest of all animal databases yet; it contains a single valid species, Trichoplax adhaerens. This actual situation is soon to change radically. The World Placozoa Database is online at ...

The Antarctic Register of Marine Species in Nature

Added on: 2009-05-07 16:15:12 by Ward Appeltans
In February 2009, an editorial appeared in Nature 'The way ahead for polar science'. The authors stressed that, although the 4th International Polar Year (IPY) has come to an end, polar research should remain a top priority. They also urged for setting up an open archive to collect all the data generated by IPY and to make these publicly available for further research. ...

NEW World Cetacea Database

Added on: 2009-03-17 11:00:56 by Bill Perrin
The World Cetacea Database containing all currently accepted scientific names for whales, dolphins and porpoises is now up and running. Visit ...

NEW World Remipedia database

Added on: 2009-03-16 15:56:09 by Koenemann, Stefan
The Remipedia DB has been launched and is running on It contains all currently known and recognized species (and higher taxa). ...

GBIF welcomes SMEBD

Added on: 2009-03-06 13:55:11 by Costello, Mark
The Society for the Management of Electronic Data (SMEBD) was pleased to become an Associate Participant of the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) on 6 March 2009. The SMEBD Chair, Mark J. Costello, and a member of SMEBD Council, Dr Thomas Pape, are the SMEBD representatives to the GBIF Governing Board.

Over 31.000 links are connecting species names in WoRMS and GenBank

Added on: 2009-02-18 10:10:35 by Ward Appeltans
WoRMS provides deeplinks to external databases which hold relevant expert-validated species information. Now over 31.000 taxa in WoRMS have a direct link to the sequence data in GenBank, and in return GenBank links back to the specific taxon pages in WoRMS. ...

NEW World Asteroidea Database

Added on: 2009-02-16 12:06:53 by Chris Mah
I just wished to announce that the World Asteroidea Database containing all currently accepted starfish names (over 1,800 and counting) is now up and running! Visit ...

The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and the Encyclopedia of Life (EoL)

Added on: 2009-01-30 11:56:35 by Mark Costello, Cynthia Parr, Jim Edwards and Ward Appeltans
Today the Smithsonian Institution, on behalf of EoL and the Society for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data (SMEBD), on behalf of WoRMS, has officially come to an agreement to work together to develop and share biodiversity information. ...

WoRMS grows as more experts from all over the world contribute

Added on: 2009-01-28 16:49:13 by Mark J. Costello
As of today 142 taxonomists from 92 institutions in 26 countries are contributing data to WoRMS (list below). The main goal in 2009 for the new WoRMS Steering Committee will be to fill the few gaps in the WoRMS Editorial board. I welcome suggestions for editors, whether to cover a taxon globally or regionally, and whether they provide nomenclatural, distribution images, or other information on species. In time, I expect our editors leading large taxa will have an increasing number of Associate Editors which they coordinate, as this will share the work of keeping the database up to date. ...

Eight proposals received funding through the GBIF campaign

Added on: 2009-01-28 14:48:03 by Ward Appeltans
In late 2008, small grants were awarded to WoRMS Taxonomic Editors to assist the publication of content related to several taxa through WoRMS. We thank the Global Biodiversity Information Facility for the funding for these grants. ...

Harmful Micro Algae hands-on workshop, 17-18 November 2008

Added on: 2008-11-18 11:09:24 by Ward Appeltans
WoRMS now hosts the IOC Reference List on Toxic Algae, which provides information on more than 70 marine toxic algae. ...

1st Marine Taxonomy Workshop report

Added on: 2008-10-07 15:25:28 by Ward Appeltans
Over 55 scientists from 17 countries met at the Flanders Marine Institute and planned the completion of a World Register of Marine Species by 2010, at a MarBEF workshop. ...

Discovery of a new fish species on BBC

Added on: 2008-08-18 12:15:12 by Ward Appeltans
In a new BBC series, Kate Humble sets sail on a 2,000-mile adventure across the Pacific with a team of top natural history filmmakers and deep-water marine biologists. ...

Official logo for WoRMS

Added on: 2008-08-04 12:02:47 by Ward Appeltans
Out of 10 submissions, this logo won the competition during a plenary vote at the Marine Taxonomy Workshop in Ostend. We'd like to thank everyone for their contributions and special thanks and congratulations go to Arnaud Brecht from Paris.