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Marine, Freshwater and Aquaculture Sciences

Recommended websites for marine biology


AlgaeBase is a database of information on algae that includes terrestrial, marine and freshwater organisms. AlgaeBase is purely meant as an aid to taxonomic studies and not a definitive source in its own right. You should always check the information included prior to use.

Direct link to search:      Genus name          Specis name

 [ To cite : Guiry, M.D. & Guiry, G.M. 2016. AlgaeBase. World-wide electronic publication, National University of Ireland, Galway.; searched on [ add date] ]

Atlas of Living Australia : sharing biodiversity knowledge  A great resource for finding the distribution maps and literature relating to individual species in Australia (includes fish, birds, reptiles, mammals, invertebrates and plants).

Australian Institute of Marine Science  Stay up-to-date with this useful Australian site with many links to additional resources.

BBC's The Blue Planet  BBC's website includes sea life and Blue Planet information and images from the film of the same title. The  Blue Planet series is available via Kanopy

CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research The best website for Australian marine research

IMOS Integrated Marine Observing System  Find out what is currently happening in Australia's oceans. Includes details of research into the physical, chemical and biological variables of Australia's oceans.

Pacific Marine Environmental Laboratory Includes information on El Nino/La Nina, tsunami monitoring, undersea vents, atmosphere/ocean interchange, climate change, marine ecosystems and fisheries.

Redmap  Interactive website where the Australian community can spot and map unusual marine species.

Tide predictions for Australia An essential site for anyone doing marine fieldwork. Includes meteorology, weather, warnings, climate and predictions.

Victorian Biodiversity Atlas  Species distribution information for fauna and flora - over six million records, managed by the Victorian Department of Environment and Primary Industries

WoRMS - World Register of Marine Species

The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature.

 [ To cite: WoRMS Editorial Board (2015). World Register of Marine Species. Available from at VLIZ. Accessed yyyy-mm-dd ]

Coasts & Oceans NIWA,  NZ National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research  NIWA aims to provide the knowledge needed for the sound environmental management of our marine resources

Recommended websites for aquaculture



Recommended websites for freshwater biology


Atlas of Living Australia

Species by Location

Search by pre-defined region, or enter an address or location to find the recorded species nearby.

Data sets  
Refine the list of all the data sets contained within the Atlas by institution, integration status, content, resource, and license.

Identification Guides

MDFRC Bug Guide - Murray Darling Freshwater Research Centre
An identification guide, with keys, to Australian freshwater invertebrates.

Aquatic invaders identification Guide. A resource of the Government of Western Australian Aquatic biosecurity program