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,, 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