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Columbella adansoni, author: Joop Trausel and Frans Slieker
Bodotria arenosa leloeuffi ssp. nov.
Argulus foliaceus, author: Boxshall, Geoff
Scanning electron micrograph of Echinoderes skipperae, author: Sørensen, Martin
Trichoplax adhaerens, author: Schierwater, Bernd



WoRMS press release: Ten remarkable new marine species from 2022

Added on: 2023-03-19 00:55:02 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
As for previous years, the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has again released its annual list of the top-ten marine species described by researchers during the past year to coincide with World Taxonomist Appreciation Day on March 19th! ...

Explore the traits in WoRMS and Aphia with a brand-new R Shiny application

Added on: 2023-01-30 16:24:45 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
With this new R Shiny application, you can explore all trait information in the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and its underlying Aphia database in a more advanced way, for instance by combining different traits and combining traits with standardized distributions. ...

Call for nominations for the WoRMS Top-Ten Marine Species of 2022

Added on: 2022-12-19 15:58:17 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Once again taxonomists have continued to publish many wonderful new species throughout the last year. As we approach the end of 2022 it is time to think about nominations for The WoRMS Top Ten Marine Species of 2022! ...

Official launch of AlgaeTraits, a trait database for (European) seaweeds

Added on: 2022-12-14 15:14:15 by Vandepitte, Leen
AlgaeTraits provides standardised trait information for all European seaweeds, enabling the use of trait-based approaches over broad taxonomic, spatial and temporal scales. AlgaeTraits is a thematic subregister of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) which links to AlgaeBase, the most complete database on global algal taxonomic information. ...

Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the World Register of Marine Species

Added on: 2022-11-17 09:33:07 by Vandepitte, Leen
You might have already heard… The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year! And we do not want to let this birthday pass unnoticed… ...

Awardees for the 2022 WoRMS Achievement & Early Career Researchers Award known

Added on: 2022-11-10 13:33:03 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
This year, the WoRMS Achievement Award goes to Nicole Boury-Esnault, and the WoRMS Early Career Researchers Award was granted to Virág Venekey. Exceptionally, the WoRMS Award Committee has decided to also grant an Achievement Award posthumously to Jim Lowry. ...

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