Open digital repository of marine biodiversity data

25th-seaurchin_his_2944978eInformation on thousands of species — from microscopic bacteria to the mighty blue whale — thriving in the depths of the Indian Ocean and beyond is available at the click of a mouse.

An open digital repository of marine biodiversity data covering 5,272 species and 1.19 lakh records of these species is hosted online ( on the Ocean Biographic Information System (OBIS). India is a partner in a global alliance of more than 56 countries for developing the database.

The database covers a large number of fish, shellfish, marine mammals and corals. The name of the species, its scientific name, taxonomic details, geographical locations and information on its biology are available.

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