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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/Coastal, Fresh water, Brackish water, Terrestrial, Classification, Species, Taxonomy, PS, Antarctica

Geographical coverage
PS, Antarctica [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
From 1758 on [In Progress]


Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredatabase developer
Biersma, Elisetaxonomic editor
Brandão, Simonetaxonomic editor
Convey, Petertaxonomic editor
De Broyer, Claudetaxonomic editor
Downey, Racheltaxonomic editor
Flores, Hauketaxonomic editor
Hogg, Iantaxonomic editor
Jersabek, Christiantaxonomic editor
McInnes, Sandra J.taxonomic editor
Merican, Faradinataxonomic editor
Siegel, Volkertaxonomic editor
Waller, Cathtaxonomic editor
Van de Putte, Antontaxonomic editordata manager

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Amundsen Sea Mollusca from the BIOPEARL II expedition, more
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Antarctic Amphipod Crustaceans: Ant'Phipoda Database (BIANZO), more
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Antarctic and Subantarctic Asteroid zoogeography, more
Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Asteroidea database 2017, more
Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Lophogastrida occurrences, more
Antarctic and SubAntarctic Ophiuroidea - MNA (Section of Genoa), more
Antarctic Arrow worms, more
Antarctic cryosphere fungal diversity (2015), more
Antarctic cryptoendolithic fungal communities ITS amplicon sequencing, more
Antarctic Echinoids: an interactive database, more
Antarctic Euphausiacea occurence data from "German Antarctic Marine Living Resources" (GAMLR) Expeditions, more
Antarctic Euphausiacea occurence data from Norwegian Antarctic Research Expedition 1976-77, more
Antarctic Euphausiacea occurence data from Polish FIBEX expeditions, more
Antarctic Euphausiacea occurrence data from ITALICA 2000 Expedition, more
Antarctic Euphausiacea occurrence data from Norwegian Antarctic Research Expedition 1979, more
Antarctic fish Gobionotothen gibberifrons, more
Antarctic Foraminiferans, more
Antarctic Isopods, more
Antarctic Jellyfish, more
Antarctic Krill Euphausia superba, more
Antarctic Krill occurrence data from Australian expeditions, more
Antarctic Krill occurrence data from BAS expeditions, more
Antarctic Krill occurrence data from Discovery expeditions, more
Antarctic Krill occurrence data from Japanese expeditions, more
Antarctic Krill occurrence data from Spanish RV "Fruela", more
Antarctic Krill occurrence data from Ukraine YUGNIRO Institute, more
Antarctic Krill occurrence data from US AMLR "US Antarctic Marine Living Resources" Program, more
Antarctic macrobenthic communities: A compilation of circumpolar information, more
Antarctic Marine Amoebae, more
Antarctic Marine Bacteria from Denmark University, more
Antarctic Marine Species Sequence Data, more
Antarctic Nemertea, more
Antarctic pack ice Bacterial (16S) communities, more
Antarctic Parborlasia corrugatus, more
Antarctic Penguin Biogeography Project: Database of abundance and distribution for the Adélie, chinstrap, gentoo, emperor, macaroni, and king penguin south of 60 S, more
Antarctic Peninsula Bacterioplankton 16S rRNA gene surveys and metagenomes from Winter 2002 and Summer 2006., more
Antarctic polar desert surface soil microbiome, more
Antarctic Pycnogonids II, more
Antarctic Rotifera literature review, more
Antarctic snow algae communities, more
Antarctic Starfish (Echinodermata: asteroidea) from the ANDEEP3 expedition, more
Antarctic Surface Snow Bacterial Communities, more
Antarctic, Sub-Antarctic and cold temperate echinoid database, more
ANTAVIA TrackingKing, more
Ant'Phipoda Database (New records), more
ANTXXIII8TP: ANTXXIII-8 Birds and Mammals, more
Archaea from the ANDEEP3 expedition, more
Arctic multi-year sea ice Bacteria, more
Arctic Ocean microbial metagenomes sampled aboard CGC Healy during the 2015 GEOTRACES Arctic research cruise, more
Argentina–Chile National Geographic Pristine Seas Expedition To The Antarctic Peninsula - Deep Sea Cam Data, more
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Asteroids, ophiuroids and holothurians from the South-Eastern Weddell Sea (Southern Ocean), more
Bacteria (16S ssu rRNA) in an Antarctic snow sample, more
Bacteria (16S) and Eukaryotes (18S) from the Sor Rondane Mountains (East Antarctica), more
Bacteria (16S) in Antarctic terrestrial soils of the Sor Rondane Mountains, more
Bacteria (16S) in growth laminae of a large conical mats from Lake Untersee, East Antarctic, more
Bacteria and Archaea biodiversity in Arctic and Subarctic terrestrial ecosystems in Alaska, more
Bacteria and Archaea biodiversity in Arctic terrestrial ecosystems affected by climate change in Northern Siberia, more
Bacteria and Archaea biodiversity in terrestrial ecosystems of Chilean Patagonia, more
Bacteria and Archaea in different soil types on King George Island (South Shetland Islands, Antarctica), more
Bacteria and chlorophyll-a water column observations (surface to ~150m), April-August 2001, Continental Margin Western Antarctic Peninsula, GLOBEC, more
Bacteria from Penguin Guano, Antarctica, more
Bacteria in Antarctic glacial foreland soils, more
Bacteria on mummified seals in the Antarctic Dry Valleys, more
Bacterial community during Phaeocystis antarctica blooms (Amundsen Sea polynya), more
Bacterial Diversity Assessment in Antarctic Terrestrial and Aquatic Microbial Mats, more
Bacterial diversity in closed cryoconite holes in Southern Victoria Land (Antarctica), more
Bacterial in the Amundsen Sea Polynya (Southern Ocean): community composition in environmental samples and mesocosm experiment, more
Bacterioplankon from lakes on Byers Peninsula (2008), more
Bacterioplankton in surface waters off the northern tip of the Antarctic Peninsula, more
BCCM/ULC Cyanobacteria culture collection at the University of Liège (ISO9001 certified), more
benthic communities bacterial in Antarctica and the arctic, more
Benthic microbial communities (Bacteria, 16S) of coastal terrestrial and ice shelf Antarctic meltwater ponds, more
Biogeographic distribution of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Cumacea, more
Biogeographic distribution of Antarctic and sub-Antarctic Mysida, more
Biogeographic distribution of the Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic brachiopods (living forms), more
Biopearl expedition: SeaStars (Echinodermata, Asteroidea), more
Bryozoa collection of the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA) - Data, more
Carotenoid producing bacteria from Antarctica, more
CCAMLR historic KRILL, more
CEAMARC Eastern Antarctic Gelatinous Mesozooplankton (Cnidaria and Ctenophora), more
Circumpolar dataset of sequenced specimens of Promachocrinus kerguelensis (Echinodermata, Crinoidea), more
Collections data on ecology of bottom animal of the Southern ocean, more
Community diversity in microbial eukaryotes from lakes in the the Vestfold Hills, Antarctica, more
Cyanobacteria in microbial mats from Antarctic lakes, more
cyanobacterial mats of from the Byers Peninsula, Antarctica, more
Distribution records of Amphipoda based on the collection stored at the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA), more
Distributional records of Ross Sea (Antarctica) planktonic Copepoda from bibliographic data and samples curated at the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA), more
Distributional records of sea cucumbers (Echinodermata, Holothuroidea) based on the collection stored at the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA, section of Genoa), more
DNA metabarcoding of the prey and microbiome of museum specimen Antarctic trematomid fishes, more
East Weddell Sea echinoids from the JR275 expedition, more
Echinoids_Kerguelen_Plateau_1872_2015, more
Echinoids_occurrences_Southern_Ocean, more
Epipelagic mesozooplankton distribution and abundance in Southern Ocean Atlantic sector and the North Atlantic and Arctic 1996-2013, more
EPOS3: SeaStars (Echinodermata, Asteroidea), more
Evidence of a Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem documented via tourist submarine off Cape Well-Met, Vega Island, Eastern Antarctic Peninsula (Subarea 48.1) - data, more
fumarolic microbial communities at Tramway Ridge, Mt. Erebus, Antarctica, more
Fungal communities (ITS) in Antarctic brines., more
Fungi (LSU) in soils from the South Shetland island, Antarctic Peninsula island, and Union Glacier, more
Geomicrobiology of Antarctic Subglacial Environments - Subglacial Lake Whillans, more
Geothermal Fumarole Subsurface Mt. Erebus, Antarctica, more
Global biogeography of desert cyanobacteria, more
Gut content of Antarctic krill Euphausia superba from the West Antarctic Peninsula, more
Heterotrophic bacterial diversity in aquatic microbial mat communities from Antarctica, more
High gene flow in polar cod (Boreogadus saida) from West-Svalbard and the Eurasian Basin - Occurrence Data, more
Hypolithic and soil bacteria in Miers_Valley, Antarctica, more
Icota - Pelagant, more
Improving Species-Based Area Protection in Antarctica - data, more
In situ observations of Stygiomedusa gigantea, more
Inter-Valley Soil Comparative Survey of the McMurdo Dry Valleys, more
Invertebrates from the ANTARXXVII Leg1 expedition to the Bransfield Strait, Antarctica - data, more
Isopoda of the Southern Ocean: New Records from the Ross Sea Area by the National Antarctic Museum (MNA) Genoa Section, more
ITS samples from the air and snow of Livingston Island, more
Krill abundance, vertical and horizontal distribution (MOCNESS system), April-June 2001-02, continental margin west of Antarctic Peninsula, GLOBEC, more
KRILLBASE_antarctickrillssalpsdensity_1926_2016, more
Lissarca notorcadensis BAS CAML, more
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Marine bacterial, archaeal and eukaryotic microbial communities on the continental shelf of the western Antarctic Peninsula, more
Marine bacterioplankton community structure in the vicinity of Antarctic icebergs, more
Marine birds and mammals of the Southern Ocean (a census for the CAML), more
Marine mammals on the INACH expeditions, more
Marine_ microbial eukaryotes (18S) from the Ross Sea (Antarctica), more
Maritime and Sub-Antarctic microbial soil fungi communities, more
Metagenome assembly of an Amundsen Sea (Antarctica, Southern Ocean) water sample, more
Metatranscriptome from microbial mats in Arctic and Antarctic polar tundra environments, more
Microbes (16S and 18S rRNA genes) from benthic Antarctic sediments, more
Microbes (Eukaryotes and Archaea) in sea water from Fildes Peninsula (King George Island, Antarctica), more
Microbial (16S) diversity in sediments of the former subglacial Hodgson lake (Antarctica), more
Microbial (Bacteria, 16S) Diversity in Antarctic marine sediments (Admiralty Bay and Bransfield Strait), more
Microbial communities (Bacteria and Archaea) in Lake Fryxell (Antarctica) along an oxygen gradient, more
Microbial communities (Bacteria, Eukaryotes and Fungi) in Arctic, Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic lacustrine biofilms, more
Microbial communities (Eukaryotes and Bacteria) of transiently wetted vs. arid Antarctic Dry Valley soils, more
Microbial communities in colored snow from Fildes Peninsula (King George Island, Maritime Antarctica, 2017), more
Microbial diversity (Bacteria and Archaea 16S rRNA gene) in geothermal sites of Deception Island volcano, Antarctica, more
microbial Eukaryotes in lakes along an Argentinian-Antarctic geographical gradient, more
Microbial fungal communities (18S) of Antarctic Dry Valley lakes, more
Microbial Fungi in soils on different Sub-Antarctic islands, more
Microbial metabarcoding surveys (Bacteria, Archaea and Eukaryota) of the arctic marine environment, more
Microbial population dynamics along a terrestrial Antarctic moisture gradient, more
Microbial soil Fungi (ITS2) diversity from Maritime Antarctica, more
Microbiome (Archaea, Bacteria and Eukaryota) of lake Fryxell and lake Bonney (McMurdo Dry Valleys, Antarctica), more
Microbiome (Archaea, Bacteria and Fungi) in soils from King George Island (Antarctica), more
Microbiome (Bacteria, Archaea and fungi) from University Valley Permafrost cores (Antarctica), more
Microbiome diversity in the Sør Rondane Mountains, East Antarctica, more
Microorganisms (Bacteria 16S; Eukaryota 18S) from soil crusts in polar (Arctic and Antarctic) ecosystems, more
Microorganisms (Bacteria and Archaea) in the marine cavity beneath the McMurdo Ice Shelf, Antarctica, more
Microorganisms (Bacteria, Archaea and phototroph eukaryotes) from Fildes Bay, King George Island, Antarctica, more
Microorganisms (eukaryote and bacteria) in Antarctic cryoconite holes., more
Microorganisms in frost flowers on young Arctic sea ice, comparison between different ice types, more
Microorganisms in Paleomats at the shores of lake Vanda, Antarctica, more
Mitochondrial lineages in the Antarctic sea slug Doris kerguelenensis, more
MNA (Section of Genoa) and NIWA Invertebrate Collection - Ross Sea Tanaidacea, more
MNA (Section of Genoa) associated collection of CCFEE (Tuscia University) - Antarctic Fungi, more
MNA CIBAN Italian Antarctic Bacterial Culture Collection, more
Mollusca collected by Agassiz trawl from the 2016 SO-AntEco Expedition to the South Orkney Islands, Antarctica - data, more
Museo Argentino de Ciencias Naturales (MACN), Buenos Aires: sea stars collection (Asteroidea, Echinodermata), more
Myctobase, a circumpolar database of mesopelagic fishes for new insights into deep pelagic prey fields - data, more
Near‐shore microbial communities (Eukaryotes, Bacteria and Archaea) of the sub‐Antarctic Prince Edward Islands, more
Nemertina World Checklist, more
New Zealand Terrestrial Biocomplexity Survey, more
Palmer LTER 2014 cruise microbial Eukaryote (18s) plankton, more
Pelagic microbes (Eukaryote 18S and Material 16S amplicons) from sites in the Southern, Indian and Arctic Oceans, more
Penguins of Antarctica, more
Photodocumentation_of_Antarctic_Peninsula_Lichens, more
Planktonic, benthic and sympagic copepods collected in the desalination unit during the XXXIVth Expedition of the Italian National Antarctic Program (PNRA), more
PolE At Sea Observations of Birds and Marine Mammals during PS 81 (ANT-XXIX/4), more
Porifera collection of the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA) - Data, more
Promachocrinus kerguelensis, more
Protist diversity in a permanently ice-covered Antarctic Lake during the polar night transition, more
RNA-Virome (RNA shotgun sequencing) from lake Limnopolar on Livingston Island (Antarctica), more
Ross Sea mollusca from Italica 2004, more
Ross Sea Pycnogonids, more
SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean - Antarctic free-living marine Nematodes - Data, more
SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean - Benthic Hydroids (Cnidaria: Hydrozoa) - data, more
SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean - Benthic Ostracoda - Data, more
SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean - foraminifera- Data, more
SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean - Lophogastrida and Mysida (Crustacea: Malacostraca: Peracarida) of the Southern Ocean - Data, more
SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean - macroalgae - Data, more
SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean - Porifera - Data, more
SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean - Tanaidacea - Data, more
SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean - Tintinnid Ciliates of the Southern Ocean - Data, more
SCAR Biogeographic Atlas of the Southern Ocean -Harpacticoida (Crustacea: Copepoda), more
Sea cucumbers (Echinodemata, Holothuroidea) from the JR275 expedition to the Eastern Weddell Sea, Antarctica - Data, more
Sea spiders (Arthropoda, Pycnogonida) from ten recent research expeditions to the Antarctic Peninsula, Scotia Arc and Weddell Sea - data, more
Sequenced genes (ureC gene) and a metagenome from Archaea in Arctic and Antarctic marine environments, more
Soil microbiome (Bacteria) on Keller Peninsula (Antarctica), more
SOMBASE - Southern Ocean mollusc database: a tool for biogeographic analysis in diversity and evolution, more
SO-Polylist, more
Southern Ocean Cnidarian Collections, more
Southern Ocean Experimental Metatranscriptome to Investigate Micronutrient Colimitation, more
Southern Ocean microbial dataset, more
Southern Ocean octopus, more
Southern Ocean oligochaete occurrence data - a literature-based compilation, more
Southern Ocean Ostracoda (except Halocypridina), more
SOVIET ANTARCTIC EXPEDITIONS for Zooplankton (R.V. OB March-May 1956, January-March 1957;R.V.ACADEMIC KURCHATOV, October 1971-January 1972; RV DMITRY MENDELEEV;R.V.ACADEMIC IOFFE 1992), more
Stable isotope ratios and elemental contents of C, N and S in benthic organisms sampled during the PROTEKER 5 summer campaign in Kerguelen Islands (2016) - data, more
Stable isotope ratios of C, N and S in Southern Ocean sea stars (1985-2017), more
Staying cool also has consequences: increased sea ice cover disrupts food web structure in East Antarctica-Data, more
Surface and deep marine bacterial communities in the Arctic and Antarctic, more
Synoicum_adareanum_microbiome, more
Tagged Seal Location Data from SOGLOBEC, more
The Belgica 121 expedition to the Western Antarctic Peninsula: a high resolution biodiversity census, more
The First Comprehensive Description of the Biodiversity and Biogeography of Antarctic and Sub-Antarctic Intertidal Communities, more
The Retrospective Analysis of Antarctic Tracking (Standardised) Data from the Scientific Committee on Antarctic Research, more
The skin microbiome (based on 16S) of Antarctic Humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), more
V3-V4 16S rDNA of soil bacteria in King George Island and Deception Island, more
virome_antarctic_lakes_2010, more
Vulnerable Marine Ecosystem Indicator Taxa recorded by submarine as evidence of the presence of Vulnerable Marine Ecosystems, Antarctic Peninsula - data, more
Walter Herwig 1978 (FFS): SeaStars (Echinodermata, Asteroidea), more
Weddell Sea macrozoobenthos EASIZ I, more
Western Antarctic Peninsula Bacteria (Mesocosm exp.), more
Winter Picoplankton Diversity and Distribution in the US Antarctic Marine Living Resources Study Area - Northern Antarctic Peninsula, more
Zooplankton abundance and population structures assessed during April-September of 2001-2, Southern Ocean, GLOBEC, more
Zooplankton Abundance Based on Taxa and Life Stages or Size, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2017-08-28
Information last updated: 2024-01-17
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