MarBEF Data System



The European Register of Marine Species


What is ERMS

The European Register of Marine Species (ERMS) is an authoritative taxonomic list of species occurring in the European marine environment, defined as up to the strandline or splash zone above the high tide mark and down to 0.5 (psu, ppt) salinity in estuaries. The register is actively maintained and daily updated in the framework of the MarBEF EU Network of Excellence by a board of taxonomic editors, which are world experts on the taxonomy of their relevant taxa. It is anticipated that the Register will become a standard reference (and technological tool) for marine biodiversity training, research and management in Europe.

ERMS is served from a relational database. The most recent version of the data will always be available through this search interface. At regular intervals, a snapshot of the database will be archived; these archive copies will be kept available through the ERMS web site.

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   ERMS Latest additions

ERMS Web News

In order to keep you up to date about the ERMS developments, an 'ERMS Web News' is sent to the ERMS Associate and Review Editors, or anyone interested in development of ERMS. Please contact us at data@marbef.org if you want to subscribe to the ERMS Web News

Scope of ERMS

The project covers species of the kingdoms Animalia, Plantae, Fungi and Protoctista occurring in the marine environment. Bacteria and marine viruses are not included. The area covered by the project is all the continental shelf seas of Europe, from the Canaries and Azores to Greenland and north west Russia, including the Mediterranean shelf, Baltic Seas and deep-sea areas. Click here to view the map covered by ERMS.

Feedback

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. Also relevant ecological information and pictures of taxa, listed in ERMS, are more than welcome. Approved editors of species lists are able to access ERMS online, such that the register will be changing according to need and editorial diligence. Simultaneously, the name of the editor and the revision date for each species or taxon is shown.

Download database

We see the web interface as the main means of access to information in the ERMS database. However, in some cases this web interface might be too limited, especially for those building off-line applications. If you want to get an electronic copy of the ERMS database, please go to SMEBD.

History of ERMS

The European Register of Marine Species (ERMS) was created in 1998 by a project funded under the European Union MAST research programme. It resulted in a species list for European marine waters. This first version has been published as a book (Costello et al, 2001).

ERMS Editorial Board

The editorial board of ERMS consists of an Executive Commitee and Associate Editors. Each taxonomic group is represented by an Associate editor, responsible for the quality and content of large taxonomic groups. Associate editors can appoint review editors who are responsible for smaller phyla and families. The collective intellectual property rights of the Associate and Review editors of ERMS are managed by SMEBD, the Society for the Management of European Biodiversity Data.



ERMS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE

EDITORS


  • prof. dr. Vincx, Magda
    Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie

    Nematoda
     
  • Dr Vanaverbeke, Jan
    Universiteit Gent; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Onderzoeksgroep Mariene Biologie

    Nematoda
     
  • prof. dr. Artois, Tom
    Universiteit Hasselt; Onderzoeksgroep Dierkunde: Biodiversiteit en Toxicologie

    Acoela - Kalyptorhynchia - Proseriata - Rhabditophora - Turbellaria
     
  • prof. Dauvin, Jean-Claude
    Université de Caen; Morphodynamique Continentale et Côtière

    Ampeliscidae - Amphipoda
     
  • Dr Costello, Mark
    University of Auckland; Leigh Marine Laboratory

    Amphipoda
     
  • dr. Segers, Hendrik
    Koninklijk Belgisch Instituut voor Natuurwetenschappen; Operationele Directie Natuurlijk Milieu; Afdeling Zoetwaterbiologie

    Rotifera
     
  • Dr Arvanitidis, Christos
    Hellenic Centre for Marine Research; Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture

    Annelida
     
  • Dr van Soest, Rob
    Naturalis Biodiversity Center

    Porifera - Thaliacea
     
  • Dr Bailly, Nicolas
    Worldfish Center

    Actinopterygii - Agnatha - Elasmobranchii - Holocephali - Pisces
     
  • Dr Dolan, John
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; Laboratoire d'Océanographie de Villefranche

    Tintinnina
     
  • Agatha, Sabine
    Universität Salzburg; Department of Organismic Biology

    Choreotrichia - Ciliophora - Oligotrichia
     
  • Dr Bellan-Santini, Denise
    Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique; Institut National de Science de l'Univers; Centre d'Océanologie de Marseille; UMR 6540 - DIMAR

    Ampeliscidae - Amphipoda
     
  • prof. Boxshall, Geoff
    Natural History Museum; Department of Zoology

    Amphionidacea - Branchiopoda - Branchiura - Cephalocarida - Copepoda - Crustacea - Mystacocarida - Pentastomida - Remipedia - Rhizocephala - Tantulocarida
     
  • Dr Bray, Rod
    Natural History Museum; Department of Zoology

    Cestoda - Monogenea
     
  • Dr Gibson, David
    Natural History Museum; Department of Zoology

    Acanthocephala - Aspidogastrea - Cestoda - Digenea - Monogenea - Nematoda
     
  • Gofas, Serge
    University of Málaga; Faculty of Sciences; Departamento de Biología Animal

    Mollusca - Xenoturbellida
     
  • Dr Horton, Tammy
    University of Southampton; National Oceanography Centre, Southampton; Ocean Biogeochemistry and Ecosystems

    Amphipoda - Isopoda - Lysianassoidea
     
  • Dr Hoeksema, Bert W.
    Naturalis Biodiversity Center; Department of Marine Zoology

    Anthozoa - Scleractinia
     
  • van Ofwegen, Leen
    Naturalis Biodiversity Center

    Alcyonacea - Octocorallia
     
  • Williams, Gary C.
    California Academy of Sciences; Department of Invertebrate Zoology & Geology

    Pennatulacea
     
  • Dr Bamber, Roger
    ARTOO Marine Biology Consultants

    Pycnogonida - Tanaidacea
     
  • Dr Jarms, Gerhard
    University of Hamburg; Zoological Institute und Zoological Museum

    Cubozoa - Scyphozoa
     
  • Stöhr, Sabine
    Swedish Museum of Natural History; Department of Invertebrate Zoology

    Ophiuroidea
     
  • Saiz Salinas, José Ignacio
    University of the Basque country; Department of zoology and animal cell dynamics

    Echiura - Sipuncula
     
  • Tasker, Mark
    Joint Nature Conservation Committee

    Aves - Mammalia - Reptilia
     
  • Dr d'Hondt, Jean-Loup
    Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle; Département Milieux et Peuplements Aquatiques

    Gastrotricha
     
  • Dr Angel, Martin
    University of Southampton; National Oceanography Centre

    Halocyprida - Myodocopida
     
  • Dr Neuhaus, Birger
    Museum für Naturkunde

    Cephalorhyncha - Kinorhyncha
     
  • Dr Emig, Christian
    BrachNet

    Brachiopoda - Phoronida
     
  • Mapstone, Gill
    Natural History Museum

    Siphonophorae
     
  • Schierwater, Bernd
    School of veterinary medicine Hannover; Institute of animal ecology and cell biology; ITZ, Ecology and Evolution

    Ctenophora - Placozoa
     
  • Sterrer, Wolfgang
    Bermuda Natural History Museum

    Gnathostomulida
     
  • Timm, Tarmo
    Estonian University of Life Sciences; Institute of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; Centre for Limnology

    Oligochaeta
     
  • Dr Nielsen, Claus
    University of Copenhagen; Zoological Museum

    Entoprocta
     
  • Dr Collins, Allen G.
    Smithsonian Institution; National Museum of Natural History; Department of Invertebrate Zoology

    Ctenophora - Cubozoa - Staurozoa
     
  • prof. Vader, Wim
    University of Tromso

    Amphipoda - Bathyporeiidae - Haustoriidae - Stegocephalidae - Stilipedidae
     
  • Dr Janussen, Dorte
    Senckenberg Nature Research Society; Section Marine Invertebrates

    Hexactinellida - Porifera
     
  • Dr Glasby, Christopher
    Northern Territory Government; Natural Sciences, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

    Nereididae - Terebellidae
     
  • Smit, Harry
    Naturalis Biodiversity Center

    Pontarachnidae - Prostigmata
     
  • Dr Hooper, John
    Queensland Museum

    Demospongiae
     
  • ten Hove, Harry
    Naturalis Biodiversity Center

    Serpulidae
     
  • Hummon, William
    Ohio University; Department of Biological Sciences

    Gastrotricha
     
Dendronotus frondosus Picture: L. Kotwicki
Alcyonium glomeratum, Axinella dissimilis and Holothuria forskali Picture: BE Picton
Echinocardium cordatum Picture: M. Decleer
Laminaria hyperborea  Picture: NIVA
Pagurus bernhardus Picture: M. Decleer
Epinephelus marginatus Picture: JG Harmelin
Pleuronectes flesus Picture: M. Decleer
Cerastoderma edule Picture: M. Decleer
Prostheceraeus vittatus Picture: A. Pedersen
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