World Register of Marine Species

Initiative Type: Infrastructures

Belém Statement Area: Ocean Resources

Initiative Location: Australia,Belgium,France,Canada,United Kingdom,United States of America

Time Frame: 2008-Ongoing


The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) integrates approximately 100 marine databases to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of marine organisms. WoRMS has an editorial system where taxonomic groups are managed by experts responsible for the quality of the information. WorMS register of marine species emerged from the European Register of Marine Species (ERMS) and the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ). WoRMS is a contribution to Lifewatch, Catalogue of Life, Encyclopedia of Life, Global Biodiversity Information Facility and the Census of Marine Life.

Contact: Society for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data

Initiative Website: http://www.marinespecies.org/index.php