Table of Contents: The World Register of Marine Species


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This Collection has been created by the editors of the World Register of Marine Species, an open-access online database which holds information on all marine species, and some of their freshwater and terrestrial relatives. The WoRMS database contains species names, synonyms, sources and a range of other information, as described in the collection overview paper (Costello et al. 2012).

The collection complements the database by synthesising current knowledge and understanding about a variety of taxa. Papers can cover any taxonomic level, from a genus to phylum, and any number of species. Some phyla have only a few species and some genera over a hundred. The scope of individual papers may vary because of the peculiarities of the taxon, available information, and interests of the authors. However, they generally contain information on the history, anatomy and diagnostic features, ecology, biogeography, physiology, and economic importance. Because WoRMS is an open-access resource, the database is freely available to all readers. Papers continue to be added to this collection, and are listed below in the order they have been published.

Collection Citation: The World Register of Marine Species (2013) PLOS Collections:


Global Coordination and Standardisation in Marine Biodiversity through the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and Related Databases

Mark J. Costello, Philippe Bouchet, Geoff Boxshall, Kristian Fauchald, Dennis Gordon, Bert W. Hoeksema, Gary C. B. Poore, Rob W. M. van Soest, Sabine Stöhr, T. Chad Walter, Bart Vanhoorne, Wim Decock, Ward Appeltans

Collection Review

Taxonomic Review of the Orders Mysida and Stygiomysida (Crustacea, Peracarida)

Kenneth Meland, Jan Mees, Megan Porter, Karl J. Wittmann


Global Diversity of the Placozoa

Michael Eitel, Hans-Jürgen Osigus, Rob DeSalle, Bernd Schierwater

Global Diversity of Sponges (Porifera)

Rob W. M. Van Soest, Nicole Boury-Esnault, Jean Vacelet, Martin Dohrmann, Dirk Erpenbeck, Nicole J. De Voogd, Nadiezhda Santodomingo, Bart Vanhoorne, Michelle Kelly, John N. A. Hooper

Global Diversity of Brittle Stars (Echinodermata: Ophiuroidea)

Sabine Stöhr, Timothy D. O'Hara, Ben Thuy

Marine Reptiles

Arne Redsted Rasmussen, John C. Murphy, Medy Ompi, J. Whitfield Gibbons, Peter Uetz

Global Diversity of Ascidiacea

Noa Shenkar, Billie J. Swalla

Global Biodiversity and Phylogenetic Evaluation of Remipedia (Crustacea)

Marco T. Neiber, Tamara R. Hartke, Torben Stemme, Alexandra Bergmann, Jes Rust, Thomas M. Iliffe, Stefan Koenemann

Research Article