Oceanography The Official Magazine of
The Oceanography Society
Volume 13 Issue 03

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Volume 13, No. 3
Pages 48 - 55

Developing Species Information Systems: The European Register of Marine Species (ERMS)

Mark J. Costello
First Paragraph

What use are species lists? Species are the most practical and widely applicable measure of biodiversity. They are the common currency for marine biodiversity research and management, and the only measure of biodiversity with a well-established standardized code of nomenclature. Species names (taxonomy) are thus at the foundation of quality control in biological studies.


Costello, M.J. 2000. Developing species information systems: The European Register of Marine Species (ERMS). Oceanography 13(3):48–55, https://doi.org/10.5670/oceanog.2000.09.