Call for nominations for the WoRMS Top-Ten Marine Species of 2023

Once again taxonomists have continued to publish many wonderful new species throughout the last year. As we approach the end of 2023 it is time to think about nominations for The WoRMS Top Ten Marine Species of 2023!
Call for nominations for the WoRMS Top-Ten Marine Species of 2023
The aim of this list is to highlight to the wider public the discovery of the numerous new marine species being made every year. The 2022 winners span the tree of life, from copepods to worms to corals--learn more at

We plan to release our list to coincide with World Taxonomist Appreciation day - March 19th!  If you were unaware of this celebration of all the work that Taxonomists do, you can find more here, and here.  
Please submit your nominations for your favorite species via this form. You are welcome to share this message with colleagues!
The species must have been published in 2023 (validly published between 01/01/2023 and 31/12/2023), must be marine, and can be a fossil species.
Please include the completed form and:
  • A pdf of the paper in which the species was described.
  • At least one good image of the species (with copyright and ownership information).
Strong candidates will have a compelling story behind the description, e.g. rare or unusual morphology, an interesting name, importance to society e.g for conservation/ medical importance/ toxic/ dangerous.  
We also need help to decide on the final list. Self-nomination for the decision panel is welcome. The decisions will be made via email discussion/vote.  
Please send your nominations, offers to volunteer to join the decision committee, or questions to with the subject 'Top-Ten Marine Species'.   
The closing date for submission of nominations is Friday 9th February, 2024 to enable the decision and preparation of the pages in time for March 19th 2024.
We look forward to receiving your input.

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