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ERMS 1.0: European Register of Marine Species version 1
Data from ERMS: European Register of Marine Species Database searched on dd/mm/yyyy.

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Listing of all species reported from European seas, including the mediterranean. Information included varies with taxonomic group, but always includes taxonomic name and authority. more

The foundation of biodiversity research and management is correctly identifying and naming species. This project will produce a register of marine species in Europe, linked with a bibliography of identification guides, register of taxonomic experts, locations of collections of reference specimens, and an Information Pack on European marine biodiversity (based on this project’s results). The species register is novel in its geographic extent, range of taxa covered, and use of state-of-the-art World Wide Web software for publication and networking. It will be drafted by experts from published literature and existing (but more limited) species lists, circulated to a wider range of experts for comments, revised and finally verified before publication as a book. The quality of the finished product, and its wide availability to end-users, are key elements of the project. Both the draft and final versions will be in the public domain and accessible through the World Wide Web. The first phase of the project is producing an Intellectual Property Rights agreement between contributors and the project that will lead to a mechanism for the management of the Register after the project ends. It is anticipated that the Register will become a standard reference (and technological tool) for marine biodiversity training, research and management in Europe. The project started in April 1998 and will end in March 2000. People interested, especially those with expertise in marine taxa, are invited to contact the co-ordinator or other participants to get on the project circulation list.

Marine/Coastal, Marine organisms, Taxonomy, ANE, Europe, European Continental Shelf, ANE, MED, PNE

Geographical coverage
ANE, Europe, European Continental Shelf [Marine Regions]
Atlantic North East [Marine Regions]
Mediterranean [Marine Regions]
Polar Ocean North East [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1998 - 2000


Ecological Consultancy Services Ltd (EcoServe), moredata manager

Related datasets
(Partly) included in:
NARMS: North Atlantic Register for Marine Species, more
Following version:
ERMS 2.0: European Register of Marine Species version 2, more

ERMS: A register of marine species in Europe to facilitate marine biodiversity research and management, more
MarBEF: Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning - EU Network of Excellence, more

Describing this dataset
Appeltans, W. et al. (2005). Europe counts marine life, in: Mees, J. et al. (Ed.) VLIZ Young Scientists' Day, Brugge, Belgium 25 February 2005: book of abstracts. VLIZ Special Publication, 20: pp. 19, more
Costello, M.J.; Emblow, C.; White, R.J. (Ed.) (2001). European register of marine species: a check-list of the marine species in Europe and a bibliography of guides to their identification. Collection Patrimoines Naturels, 50. Muséum national d'Histoire naturelle: Paris. ISBN 2-85653-538-0. 463 pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Literature research
Metadatarecord created: 2004-05-10
Information last updated: 2007-11-22
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