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World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

WoRMS aims to provide the most authoritative list of names of all marine species globally, ever published. WoRMS is a contribution to the Catalogue of Life, the Encyclopedia of Life, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility and the Census of Marine Life.

October 9, 2019


The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature. The content of WoRMS is controlled by taxonomic experts, not by database managers. The final goal is to capture all of the estimated 240,000 marine species. 

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