World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS)

Top ten marine species discovered in 2021 revealed

The Cebimar Moon Jellyfish, <em>Aurelia cebimarensis</em>.

The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) has released its annual list of the top ten marine species described by researchers during 2021, to coincide with World Taxonomist Appreciation Day on 19 March 2022.

The Top Ten BRAND NEW marine species identified in 2020

The E.T. Sponge, Advhena magnifica. Image courtesy of the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research, 2016 Deepwater Exploration of the Marianas

2020 saw the identification of almost 2,000 fascinating new marine species. The National Oceanography Centre (NOC), in collaboration with The World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and other scientists around the globe, has been working to decide which of these incredible creatures will make it to the WoRMS top-ten.