ANTABif: Everything evolves, even SCAR-MarBIN

This is a reproduction of the ANTABIF contribution to the latest EBA Report. Easy access to expert information on Antarctic Biodiversity is a prerequisite for improving research, conservation and management. Since May 2005 the Antarctic Marine Biodiversity Information Network (MarBIN) has managed a dedicated data portal, http://www.scarmarbin.be, that provides free and open access to Antarctic … Continue reading ANTABif: Everything evolves, even SCAR-MarBIN

New Southern Ocean Isopods dataset available

Isopods are an important component of the Antarctic benthos and can be rich across depth and regions. A lack of dispersive larval stages makes them putatively very vulnerable to climate-induced changes and thus potentially an ideal model taxon for monitoring faunal shifts. This data base is designed to collate distribution records of isopod crustaceans across … Continue reading New Southern Ocean Isopods dataset available

ANTABIF and SCAR-MarBIN sponsorship brochure available

Want to become a partner for the Antarctic biodiversity information networks? Thanks to the help from the International Polar Foundation, a sponsorship brochure is now ready for download and distribution. The brochure includes background information on the achievements of SCAR-MarBIN and ANTABIF and give details about the different levels at which your organization can get … Continue reading ANTABIF and SCAR-MarBIN sponsorship brochure available

New paper: How many species in the Antarctic?

  The IPY sister-projects CAML and SCAR-MarBIN provided a timely opportunity, a strong collaborative framework and an appropriate momentum to attempt assessing the “Known, Unknown and Unknowable” of Antarctic marine biodiversity. To allow assessing the known biodiversity, SCAR-MarBIN “Register of Antarctic Marine Species (RAMS)” was compiled and published by a panel of 64 taxonomic experts. … Continue reading New paper: How many species in the Antarctic?

New dataset: Antarctic Nemertea

  Open-ocean environments provide few obvious barriers to the dispersal of marine organisms. Major currents and/or environmental gradients potentially impede gene flow. One system hypothesized to form an open-ocean dispersal barrier is the Antarctic Polar Front, an area characterized by marked temperature change, deep water, and the high-flow Antarctic Circumpolar current. Despite these potential isolating … Continue reading New dataset: Antarctic Nemertea

This week’s menu: boosting our developments!!

This week, Nabil and I are working with Sylvain, SCAR-MarBIN's ex-developer, to give a boost to our developments... on the menu: deployment (and extensive testing) of the new version of the SCAR-MarBIN data portal, fine-tuning of the dynamic architecture for ANTABIF, synchronisation of metadata with GCMD, adding new occurrence and tracking data, polishing the Antarctic … Continue reading This week’s menu: boosting our developments!!

New dataset: Mitochondrial lineages in the Antarctic sea slug Doris kerguelenensis

Strong currents and deep passages of water can be barriers for larval dispersal of continental marine animals, but potential effects on direct developers are under-investigated. We examined the genetic structure of Doris kerguelenensis, a directly developing sea slug that occurs across the Drake Passage, the body of water separating Antarctica from South America. We found … Continue reading New dataset: Mitochondrial lineages in the Antarctic sea slug Doris kerguelenensis