NeMys – the World Database of Free-Living Marine Nematodes – has joined forces with WoRMS | Marine@Ugent

NeMys – the World Database of Free-Living Marine Nematodes – has joined forces with WoRMS

WoRMS and the online nematode biodiversity information system NeMys have joined forces. Early 2014, it was decided to transfer the World Database of Free-Living Marine Nematodes (NeMys) from its original host institute – the Marine Biology Section at Ghent University (MarBIOL) – to the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ), the host institute of the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). NeMys is now fully integrated into WoRMS and it has kept all its functionalities as in the previous stand-alone version at Ghent. As NeMys is now part of WoRMS, all changes made in NeMys will automatically be visible within WoRMS.


NeMys focuses on the taxonomy of the free-living marine nematodes. In addition, NeMys holds 11 identification keys,  to identify nematode specimens to their genus level. Some ID-keys to species level are included as well. Registered users have full access to the available taxonomical literature, either through PDFs of entire papers, or as snippets of the relevant information from the literature. This easy access to literature is a major advantage, as the original species descriptions are needed to correctly identify nematodes to species level. As such, NeMys – and thus WoRMS - are opening the taxonomical literature on Nematodes to all interested taxonomists and ecologists.


Since NeMys and WoRMS have joined forces, a new editorial team for free-living marine nematodes has been installed. The editorial team currently consists of 10 members, covering a large geographical area and a broad taxonomical expertise. Early next year, these taxonomic experts will meet at the Flanders Marine Institute for a 2-3 day workshop, where they will get familiar with WoRMS and its online editing interface and discuss the way forward for NeMys.

Picture by Freija Hauquier.