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  • The aim of 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, which are technically supported by the Database Management Team. Aphia, the consolidated database behind WoRMS, contains valid species names, synonyms and vernacular names, and extra information such as literature and biogeographic data. Besides species names, Aphia also contains the higher classification in which each scientific name is linked to its parent taxon. The classification used is a ‘compromise’ between established systems and recent changes. Its aim is to aid data management, rather than suggest any taxonomic or phylogenetic opinion on species relationships.

  • As a user or developer you can use the WoRMS webservice to feed your own application with standard WoRMS data. A non exhaustive list of applications: - get the AphiaID for your taxon - check the spelling of your taxa - get the authority for your taxa - get the full classification for your taxa - resolve your unaccepted names to accepted ones - get all synonyms for a taxon - fuzzy/near match your species list - resolve a common name/vernacular to a scientific name - get the common name(s)/vernacular(s) for a taxon - get the sources/references for a taxon - get the WoRMS citation for a taxon - get the direct children for a taxon - get all taxa modified during a time interval - get an external identifier for a taxon - get the AphiaID for an external identifier/database - get all distributions for a taxon - get all attributes for a taxon

  • The World Register of Introduced Marine Species (WRiMS) records which marine species in the World Register of Marine species (WoRMS) have been introduced deliberately or accidentally by human activities to geographic areas outside their native range. As a user or developer you can use the WoRMS webservice to feed your own application with standard WoRMS data, including WRiMS data. A non-exhaustive list of applications: - get the AphiaID for your taxon - check the spelling of your taxa - get the authority for your taxa - get the full classification for your taxa - resolve your unaccepted names to accepted ones - get all synonyms for a taxon - fuzzy/near match your species list - resolve a common name/vernacular to a scientific name - get the common name(s)/vernacular(s) for a taxon - get the sources/references for a taxon - get the WoRMS citation for a taxon - get the direct children for a taxon - get all taxa modified during a time interval - get an external identifier for a taxon - get the AphiaID for an external identifier/database - get all distributions for a taxon - get all attributes for a taxon