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RAS: Register of Antarctic Species
(Eds) (2017) Register of Antarctic Species. Accessed at on yyyy-mm-dd

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

A checklist of Antarctic species, compiled by taxonomic experts and based on peer-reviewed literature. more

Antarcic biodiversity is endemic, and more diverse and biogeographically structued than previously thought. Interests in understanding species distribution, mechanisms driving spatial pattern of Antarctic species, as well as significance of underexplored taxons is rapidly growing. Human impacts, nevertheless, pose challenges to current and future understanding of Antarctic biodiversity and conservation.
Register of Antarctic Species (RAS) aims to provide an authorative and comprehensive list of names of marine and terrestrial species in Antarctica and the Southern Ocean. It serves as a reference guide for users to intepret taxonomic literature, as valid names and other names in use are both provided.
Taxonomic experts and database managers both contribute to the maintenance and development of RAS. The editorial management system of RAS works to ensure that quality information is presented, as an expert is responsible for each taxonomic group.
Information of marine taxons hosted on RAS is consistent with that in World Register of Marine Species, as information of terrestrial taxons grows on an independent process.
The RAS Editorial Board strives to maintain the website a comprehensive and up-to-date resource. Please contact us if you detect any error or omission. Authors are encouraged to send copies of publications to respective editors with details of new or revised nomenclature.

Biology, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Marine, Fresh water, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Classification, Species, Taxonomy, PS, Antarctica

Geographical coverage
PS, Antarctica [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1758 on [In Progress]


Related datasets
Published in:
WoRMS: World Register of Marine Species, more
Source datasets:
A collection of Antarctic Nemertea
A collection of Antarctic Phipoda
Annelid Fauna of the Prince Gustav Channel, a previously ice-covered seaway on the northeastern Antarctic Peninsula - Data
Antarctic Arrow worms
Argentina–Chile National Geographic Pristine Seas Expedition To The Antarctic Peninsula - Deep Sea Cam Data
Carotenoid producing bacteria from Antarctica
CEAMARC Eastern Antarctic Gelatinous Mesozooplankton (Cnidaria and Ctenophora)
Distributional records of Ross Sea (Antarctica) planktonic Copepoda from bibliographic data and samples curated at the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA)
Epipelagic mesozooplankton distribution and abundance in Southern Ocean Atlantic sector and the North Atlantic and Arctic 1996-2013
Gut content of Antarctic krill Euphausia superba from the West Antarctic Peninsula
High gene flow in polar cod (Boreogadus saida) from West-Svalbard and the Eurasian Basin - Occurrence Data
Invertebrates from the ANTARXXVII Leg1 expedition to the Bransfield Strait, Antarctica - data
ITS samples from the air and snow of Livingston Island
Microbial communities in colored snow from Fildes Peninsula (King George Island, Maritime Antarctica, 2017)
Microbiome diversity in the Sør Rondane Mountains, East Antarctica
Protist diversity in a permanently ice-covered Antarctic Lake during the polar night transition
Sea cucumbers (Echinodemata, Holothuroidea) from the JR275 expedition to the Eastern Weddell Sea, Antarctica - Data
Stable isotope ratios of C, N and S in Southern Ocean sea stars (1985-2017)
The Belgica 121 expedition to the Western Antarctic Peninsula: a high resolution biodiversity census
The Retrospective Analysis of Antarctic Tracking (Standardised) Data from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2017-08-28
Information last updated: 2017-08-28
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