Despite more than a century of study, there is no pan-Arctic list of all the species living in the Arctic Ocean and the adjoining Sea. Until now the most complete list was the 2001 List of species of free-living invertebrates of Eurasian Arctic Seas and adjacent deep waters, edited by Boris Sirenko from the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. Using this list as a starting point, we have added the known marine vertebrates, and species within the databases currently assembled by the Arctic Ocean Diversity (ArcOD) project, and aligned them with the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) who maintain such registers.

The list currently includes all multicellular animals. We are now turning our attention to adding the phytoplankton, macrophytes and eucaryotic protists into the next release, as well as updates to the list based on ArcOD's underway synthesis activities. The next version will also include information on habitat (benthic or pelagic, depth preferences).

Like all such lists, it is an evolving process as new species are added, some are shown to be invalid (or misidentified), and some species are recognized as synonymous with other names by ArcOD and WoRMS taxonomic editors. The ARMS editorial board maintains these registers but is aware that they may not be complete and may contain errors. The board cannot be held responsible for any errors or misuse of data contained in these registers. Comments from our users are more than welcome, so if you come across incorrect or incomplete information, or you are willing to contribute to this initiative, please contact rrhopcroft@alaska.edu.

The ARMS editorial board consists of taxonomic and data management experts. It relies heavily on the established board of editors to establish the validity of species. Distribution records for names listed in the ARMS database have been or are being checked and updated by ARMS taxonomic experts. The ARMS editorial board does not directly have the authority to modify taxonomic information stored in WoRMS; however, the editors may collaborate with WoRMS taxonomic editors to effect changes."> Despite more than a century of study, there is no pan-Arctic list of all the species living in the Arctic Ocean and the adjoining Sea. Until now the most complete list was the 2001 List of species of free-living invertebrates of Eurasian Arctic Seas and adjacent deep waters, edited by Boris Sirenko from the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. Using this list as a starting point, we have added the known marine vertebrates, and species within the databases currently assembled by the Arctic Ocean Diversity (ArcOD) project, and aligned them with the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) who maintain such registers.

The list currently includes all multicellular animals. We are now turning our attention to adding the phytoplankton, macrophytes and eucaryotic protists into the next release, as well as updates to the list based on ArcOD's underway synthesis activities. The next version will also include information on habitat (benthic or pelagic, depth preferences).

Like all such lists, it is an evolving process as new species are added, some are shown to be invalid (or misidentified), and some species are recognized as synonymous with other names by ArcOD and WoRMS taxonomic editors. The ARMS editorial board maintains these registers but is aware that they may not be complete and may contain errors. The board cannot be held responsible for any errors or misuse of data contained in these registers. Comments from our users are more than welcome, so if you come across incorrect or incomplete information, or you are willing to contribute to this initiative, please contact rrhopcroft@alaska.edu.

The ARMS editorial board consists of taxonomic and data management experts. It relies heavily on the established board of editors to establish the validity of species. Distribution records for names listed in the ARMS database have been or are being checked and updated by ARMS taxonomic experts. The ARMS editorial board does not directly have the authority to modify taxonomic information stored in WoRMS; however, the editors may collaborate with WoRMS taxonomic editors to effect changes.">

Document of dataset 3122

Dataset record

Type
Dataset
title in English
Arctic Register of Marine Species
Acronym
ARMS
Description in English
Numerous definitions exist for "the Arctic", largely based on political boundaries. For the purposes of ArcOD’s effort, we define the regions based on biologically relevant physical criteria: areas within the seasonally-averaged 2°C surface isotherm or the median maximum sea-ice extent (whichever is greater). For deep-sea pelagic and benthic communities cold Arctic water occurs through the entire Norwegian Sea bounded largely by a deep-sea ridge running form Greenland, through Iceland and the Faroe Island to southern Norway. The boundaries should not be considered absolute, because they shift seasonally, and indications are they have been shifting over the past century. Seasonally, there are large influxes of species from outside of the Arctic into it as part of the cycle that has existed for centuries. Larger more mobile species migrate back out, but for many invertebrates transport into the Arctic is a one-way path that effectively removes them from the species’ reproductive pool.

Despite more than a century of study, there is no pan-Arctic list of all the species living in the Arctic Ocean and the adjoining Sea. Until now the most complete list was the 2001 List of species of free-living invertebrates of Eurasian Arctic Seas and adjacent deep waters, edited by Boris Sirenko from the Zoological Institute in St. Petersburg, Russia. Using this list as a starting point, we have added the known marine vertebrates, and species within the databases currently assembled by the Arctic Ocean Diversity (ArcOD) project, and aligned them with the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) who maintain such registers.

The list currently includes all multicellular animals. We are now turning our attention to adding the phytoplankton, macrophytes and eucaryotic protists into the next release, as well as updates to the list based on ArcOD's underway synthesis activities. The next version will also include information on habitat (benthic or pelagic, depth preferences).

Like all such lists, it is an evolving process as new species are added, some are shown to be invalid (or misidentified), and some species are recognized as synonymous with other names by ArcOD and WoRMS taxonomic editors. The ARMS editorial board maintains these registers but is aware that they may not be complete and may contain errors. The board cannot be held responsible for any errors or misuse of data contained in these registers. Comments from our users are more than welcome, so if you come across incorrect or incomplete information, or you are willing to contribute to this initiative, please contact rrhopcroft@alaska.edu.

The ARMS editorial board consists of taxonomic and data management experts. It relies heavily on the established board of editors to establish the validity of species. Distribution records for names listed in the ARMS database have been or are being checked and updated by ARMS taxonomic experts. The ARMS editorial board does not directly have the authority to modify taxonomic information stored in WoRMS; however, the editors may collaborate with WoRMS taxonomic editors to effect changes.

Abstract in English
A register for marine species in the Arctic regions.
License
https://spdx.org/licenses/CC-BY-4.0.html
bibliographicCitation
Sirenko, B.I.; Clarke, C.; Hopcroft, R.R.; Huettmann, F.; Bluhm, B.A.; Gradinger, R. (eds) (2024). The Arctic Register of Marine Species (ARMS) compiled by the Arctic Ocean Diversity (ArcOD). Accessed at https://www.marinespecies.org/arms on yyyy-mm-dd

Temporal coverage

Temporal
Start date
1758-1-1

Geographical coverage

Spatial
PN, Arctic

Thesaurus terms

Keyword
Classification
Species
Taxonomy

Themes

theme
Biology
Biology > Ecology - biodiversity

Taxonomic terms

Taxon keywords
Animalia
Chromista
Plantae
Protozoa

Ownerships

contributor
Russell Hopcroft
contactPoint
Russell Hopcroft
contributor
Bart Vanhoorne
contributor
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee
contributor
University of Alaska Fairbanks
contributor
Russian Academy of Sciences
contributor
Census of Marine Life
contributor
Bodil Bluhm
contributor
Ksenia Kosobokova
contributor
Rolf Gradinger
contributor
Russell Hopcroft
contributor
Falk Huettmann
contributor
Catherine Mecklenburg
contributor
Boris Sirenko
contributor
Igor Smirnov
creator
Boris Sirenko
creator
Russell Hopcroft
creator
Falk Huettmann
creator
Bodil Bluhm
creator
Rolf Gradinger

Publication references

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Dataset references

record
World Register of Marine Species

Special collections

part of special collection
Belgian marine datasets
Marine Biodiversity and Ecosystem Functioning

Document metadata

date created
2012-07-17
date modified
2024-01-18