An authoritative classification and catalogue of marine names

Scanning electron micrograph of Echinoderes skipperae, author: Sørensen, Martin
Codium tomentosum, author: Ignacio Bárbara
Limopsis aurita  (Brocchi, 1814)Specimens from Djibouti Banks, Alboran Sea (actual size 10 mm including hairs), author: Gofas, Serge
Belgica antarctica, author: EOS



Corallosphere integrated into the World List of Scleractinia

Added on: 2023-09-18 13:00:54 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
Back in 2019, the Data Management Team received the request to integrate the content of Corallosphere into WoRMS, and make sure it would also be part of the World List of Scleractinia, one of the WoRMS sub-registers. It took a while, but this integration is now completed! ...

Clarion-Clipperton Zone Species Checklist launched!

Added on: 2023-07-26 16:06:33 by Vandepitte, Leen
ISA and WoRMS release a species checklist for the Clarion-Clipperton Zone in celebration of the one-year anniversary of the Sustainable Seabed Knowledge Initiative. ...

What can we learn from WoRMS? A remarkable insight into 600 marine species described between 2017-2021.

Added on: 2023-07-25 10:49:34 by Vandepitte, Leen
Roughly four weeks ago, a paper was published where one of our WoRMS editors dives into the metrics of new marine species discovery. The onset for this work was given five years ago, when Prof. Philippe Bouchet approached the WoRMS and MarineRegions Data Management Team with a not so everyday request for a scientific collaboration, involving WoRMS, and a deep dive into species descriptions. ...

Official launch of DecaNet, a portal for decapod biodiversity informatics

Added on: 2023-06-26 15:50:43 by Vandepitte, Leen
From today onwards, you can find all Decapods on their own portal: welcome to DecaNet! ...

WoRMS Philanthropy grants 2022

Added on: 2023-03-28 11:37:11 by Dekeyzer, Stefanie
During 2022, the VLIZ Philanthropy program was able to issue three grants to support WoRMS editors in making WoRMS more complete. This resulted in about 18.000 edits and additions to WoRMS and its sub-registers. ...

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! ...

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