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World Register of marine Cave Species (WoRCS)

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Introduction to WoRCS

The World Register of marine Cave Species (WoRCS) aims to create a comprehensive taxonomic and ecological database of species known from marine and anchialine cave environments worldwide. The assembled data will form a Thematic Species Database (TSD) of WoRMS. The cave-related information will be managed by the WoRCS thematic editors in collaboration with the taxonomic editors of WoRMS, who manage the taxonomic content. The creation of this database will allow for an accurate assessment of the diversity and distribution of such faunas, and will provide information vital for evidence-based conservation.



Rock sponges of deep-water origin in Mediterranean marine caves

Added on: 2021-02-05 16:36:28 by Gerovasileiou, Vasilis
Rock sponges of deep-water origin were recorded for the first time in shallow marine caves of the North-Eastern Mediterranean Sea, including sponge masses that could be up to 769-909 years old! ...

Three new species of microscopic "dragons" from a submarine cave

Added on: 2020-06-16 13:29:11 by Yamasaki, Hiroshi
Three new mud dragons, Echinoderes gama, E. kajiharai and E. uozumii (Phylum Kinorhyncha), were discovered from the Daidokutsu cave in Iejima Island, Okinawa, Japan. ...

Marine cave species among the 10 remarkable new marine species from 2019

Added on: 2020-03-19 14:10:40 by Gerovasileiou, Vasilis
The bioluminescent brittle star Ophiopsila xmasilluminans which was recently discovered living in a marine cave on Christmas Island, NW Australia, was included in the annual list of the top-ten marine species described by researchers during the year 2019, that was released by the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) to coincide with World Taxonomist Appreciation day - March 19th! ...

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WoRCS Editorial Team

Please contact the most relevant editor according to the roles listed below.

Editor Group (* founding editors)


Usage of data from the World Register of marine Cave Species in scientific publications should be acknowledged by citing as follows:

If the data from the World Register of marine Cave Species constitute a substantial proportion of the records used in analyses, the chief editor(s) of the database should be contacted. There may be additional data which may prove valuable to such analyses.

Individual pages are individually authored and dated. These can be cited separately: the proper citation is provided at the bottom of each page.


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