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Above and Beyond - Completing the World Register of Marine Species (ABC WoRMS)

Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) - Belgium

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The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) will continue its endeavours to provide a full taxonomic overview of all marine life, thereby not only supporting scientists, but everyone who makes use of species names, including policy, industry and the public at large.

Although already fairly/very complete, taxonomic gaps still need to be addressed, both in space and time. In addition, new challenges in the field of taxonomy need to be explored, thereby looking for the best suitable solution for all WoRMS users. Where relevant, traits information will be further documented.

Start Date: 01/01/2021
End Date: 31/12/2030

This Project is hosted by the Ocean Decade Programme Marine Life 2030

Lead Contact: Leen Vandepitte (