The WGIMT Zooplankton Barcode Atlas & Database

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The ICES WGIMT North Atlantic Zooplankton Barcode Atlas & Database is a collaboratively developed product between WGIMT, MetaZooGene (SCOR WG157), and NOAA COPEPOD.  This Atlas summarizes the geographic distribution and barcoding status of zooplankton species in the ICES North Atlantic sub-region, the Baltic Seaa, and the Mediterranean Sea. This Atlas currently only summarizes publicly available cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI/CO1/COX1) data found in the GenBank and BOLD sequence databases.  (Additional genes (e.g., 16S, 18S) will be adding as work progresses.)

With the species lists divided into major taxonomic groups (e.g., "copepods" or "ctenophores"), this tool provides a simple overview of what species are commonly found in each region and which species have barcodes publicly available in GenBank/BOLD.  This information can then be used to focus further barcoding efforts (e.g., "Species of genus X have all been barcoded, but not genus Y" ... or  "Species of genus X have been barcoded in the Mediterranean but not in the Bay of Biscay").

 CLICK HERE (or on the image above-right)

to go to the Atlas pilot interface.