Ocean Biogeographic Information – Marine Species by Location

The Ocean Biogeographic Information System provides geographic context for the distribution of marine life throughout the world. Users can search for the distribution marine species by using a traditional search line or by searching via a Google Map on the OBIS homepage.

The map search option is the element, as a non-scientist, of OBIS that I liked best. Using the Google Maps search, users place a small red box anywhere on the map and OBIS will reveal all documented marine species in the area.

Applications for Education
OBIS is could be a valuable resource for biology teachers. The search results are published with each specie’s Latin name and common name.
For the self-directed learner in your class, OBIS could be a good place for that student to explore which marine species are where in the world.


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