Deep Sea ID v1.2
Deep Sea ID v1.2 is a unique visual identification guide to deep-sea species available as an app for iOS (download) and
Android (download) devices.
The app is a field guide interface to the World Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDSS) that
stores on your device (for offline access) the taxonomic information for over 25,000 deep-sea species, over
580 high-resolution photographs of deep-sea species as well as links to online taxonomic tools, sources and
The app is designed to improve access to taxonomic information for researchers and contractors working at sea, in
field or in the laboratory as well as educators and science communicators who wish to learn more about the
remarkable diversity of deep-sea life.
The app will be updated on a regular basis with the addition of new species, images and taxonomic resources from
WoRDSS. Please consider contributing to the WoRDSS project.<
Data Sources & Acknowledgements
We would like to acknowledge the financial support of the International
Network for Scientific Investigation of Deep-Sea Ecosystems (INDEEP).
The taxonomic information held in the World Register of Deep-Sea Species (WoRDSS) is sourced directly from the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS). WoRMS is
managed by an international Steering Committee, a
Board of Editors and the IT team at the Flanders Marine
Institute (VLIZ) in Belgium. Both the WoRMS and WoRDSS websites are hosted at VLIZ.
Deep Sea ID is project managed by Dr Adrian Glover (Natural History Museum, London,
UK), Dr Nicholas Higgs (University of Plymouth, UK)
and Dr Tammy Horton (National Oceanography Centre, UK).
Deep Sea ID is published by the Natural History Museum, London
with the iOS software development by Heathwest Systems Ltd.
Contributing and Correcting Errors
We welcome contributions and corrections. Further information including details on how to contribute new images are
available on the WoRDSS website.
How to Cite
Glover, A.G., Higgs, N.D, Horton, T., Porrer, A. (2015) Deep Sea ID v.1.2 A Field Guide to the Marine Life of the
Deep Sea http://www.marinespecies.org/deepsea
Tips on Navigating the Data
There are three main ways of navigating the large dataset included in this app:
- By browsing the taxonomic Tree. Tapping on a taxon name takes you to the children of that taxon. A button
on the top left takes you back. At the bottom left, the Path button shows you where you are in the entire
tree, and you can jump backwards to the level you want. Tapping the image or image placeholder takes you to the
Detail page for that taxon, this can also be accessed by the button on the top right.
- By searching. The button on the bottom right takes you to the Search page. Here you can scroll through
the entire list (over 25,000 taxa) and arrange it alphabetically by taxon name, species epithet (e.g if you want
to find all species for which the species epithet is abyssorum) or English common name. You can also
limit this to just species level or include all taxa. Entering text into the text box immediately searches the
- By browsing in Slideshow mode. At any point during the browsing of the taxonomic tree, you can press the
Slideshow button (a camera icon) and you will see images of taxa within the group you navigated too. For
example, if you are on the landing page, the slideshow mode will show images of all Animalia. If you are in
Pisces (fish) you will see just the fish. You can go forward or back in Slideshow mode by swiping or using the
buttons to advance or play a timed slideshow. Tapping an image during a running slideshow will take you back to
the Slideshow control. Tapping an image in Slideshow (control mode) takes you to the Details page for that
species. You can then go back to the slideshow or break out back to the taxonomic tree.
Tip: if you are trying to identify a species (e.g in an ROV control room), browse to the highest taxon you
think it might be (e.g fish), and go to Slideshow mode. Swipe through images until you see something similar
to your organism. Tap on the picture to see details. Tap on Path to see where you are in the taxonomic
classification. Tap at any level in the path to jump to a higher level (e.g a family). Tap on slideshow to see all
the images in that family.