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A selection of marine biodiversity links is given below. Over the course of the project we invite you to send us links to your marine biodiversity research sites. Please forward you URLs to

  • WoRMS - World Register of Marine Species
  • Catalog of Fishes - more than 53,000 species and subspecies, over 10,000 genera and subgenera, and includes in excess of 16,000 bibliographic references.
  • Copepoda - diversity and geographical distribution of pelagic Copepoda for the world.
  • Hexacorallians of the world - Catalogue of species, bibliography of literature in which they were described, inventory of type specimens, distribution maps, and images.
  • MASDEA - Marine Species Database for Eastern Africa
  • AlgaeBase - dynamic, searchable database that stores information on the scientific names of seaweeds (including seagrasses), particularly taxonomic and distributional details.
  • World Resources Institute - Biodiversity and marine ecosystems part of their global marine strategy
  • Elasmo World - biological and reference database on Elasmobranchs
  • Classification of Whales - information on marine mammals
  • FishBase - database containing all records of fin fish species from the FishBase CD-ROM.
  • Fish Larval Base - A global information system about fish larvae that are relevant in the field of finfish aquaculture.
  • Ocean Biogeographic Information System: Atlas of Marine Diversity - a database of global marine animal and plant distributions.
  • SCAR-MarBIN - Antarctic Marine Biodiversity Information Network
  • French Polynesian Crustacea Decapoda - a checklist, illustrations, database and references (in French and English)
  • Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning (MarBEF) - EU network of Excellence funded by the European Union and consisting of 82 European marine institutes, is a platform to integrate and disseminate knowledge and expertise on marine biodiversity, with links to researchers, industry, stakeholders and the general public
  • Marine Genomics Europe (MGE) - is a crossroads between Life Sciences, Ecology, Environment, Bioinformatics and High technologies within a multicultural European network. MGE is a Network of excellence devoted to the development, utilization and spreading of high-throughput approaches for the investigation of the biology of marine organisms
  • EurOBIS - The European Ocean Biogeographic Information System
  • Biological Effects of Environmental Pollution in Marine Coastal Ecosystems (BEEP) - The research Programe BEEP is an interdisciplinary project as a consequence of its focus on scientific interfaces between chemistry, biology, biochemistry and ecotoxicology
  • European Register of Marine Species - a European register of marine species, list of identification guides and database of taxonomic experts
  • European Marine Mollusca - Checklist of European marine mollusca
  • Estuarine and Coastal Sciences Association Home Page - promotes marine research and education in Scotland
  • European Science plan on marine biodiversity- report outlining the ESF-EMaPS Position on marine biodiversity
  • European Sea Floor Observatory Network (ESONET) - ESONET will establish the basis for a marine component of GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) comprising a network of long-term, sea floor, multi-disciplinary observatories at key provinces around the European margin providing continuous vigilance in relation to geophysical, biogeochemical, oceanographic and biological phenomena. ESONET will be focussed beyond the continental shelf edge in the ocean margin areas down to 4000m depth which are less well known than the shelf itself and generally beyond the reach of existing ocean data systems.
  • MACROBEL - Long term trends in the macrobenthos of the Belgian Continental Shelf
  • BEWREMABI - Belgian Shipwrecks: hotspots for Marine Biodiversity
  • TROPHOS - Higher trophic levels in the Southern North Sea
  • NeMys - NeMys is a database system developed to store as many as possible types of biological information with focus on marine Nematoda and Mysida
  • Antarctic Amphipods at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences - the Antarctic marine biodiversity reference centre devoted to amphipod crustaceans
  • Marelac - Ghent University MSc Course on Marine and lacustrine sciences
  • Baltic Sea Alien Species Database- The Baltic Sea area is known to host about one hundred aquatic alien species. An alien species is any species intentionally or accidentally transported and released by man into an environment outside its native geographical range of habitat.
  • British Marine Life Study Society - organisation aiming to stimulate interest in the undersea world and natural history of the seas, and related subjects, to bridge the gap between the popular books and scientific literature by publishing readable and informative articles on marine life and the ocean environment and to liaise and co-operate with conservation and fishery organisations and other wildlife groups.
  • Darwin Initiative project - exploring the use of the Internet as a mechanism for quickly exchanging taxonomic information about polychaetes.
  • Scottish Association for Marine Science - promotes marine research and education in Scotland
  • MarLIN website - Marine Life Information Network is an initiative of the Marine Biological Association of the UK in collaboration with major holders and users of marine biological data. MarLIN will provide the most comprehensive and easily used source of information about marine habitats, communities and species around Britain and Ireland.
  • BIOCOMBE website is strongly linked to the BIOMARE project which on its turn was a MARS Network inititative. The project will last for 3.5 years, and will focus on the relationships between (high versus low) biodiversity and functional aspect of benthic marine ecosystems (at genetic, ecophysiological, community and system level).
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  • Microplankton species of the Turkish Seas - contains detailed taxonomic information for microplankton of the Aegean Sea, Black Sea, Eastern Mediterranean Sea, Sea of Marmara (including Bosphorus and Dardanelles) including the distribution and/or succession of planktonic and/or pseudoplanktonic marine protoctists.
  • Virtual Echinoderm Newsletter- contains information concerning meetings and conferences, publications of interest to echinoderm biologists, titles of theses on echinoderms, and research interests, and addresses of echinoderm biologists.
  • Centre for Marine Biodiversity - The CMB was established in the Autumn of 2000 in order to enhance thescientific capacity in support of the protection of marine biodiversity, with a focus on the Northwest Atlantic.

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