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By Leonard Ho - Posted Mar 29, 2012 09:00 AM
Serious fishkeepers are familiar with (the premiere database for fish). But did you know has a younger, just-as-attractive sister named Think of her as the Fishbase equivalent for all other aquatic life such as corals, clams, sponges, crustaceans, et al. A reference website every marine aquarists should use

Look familiar? It should. With taxonomy, photos, AquaMap, and species data, is formatted exactly like This is the entry for Frogspawn corals (Euphyllia divisa). is a popular reference website for fish researchers and enthusiasts; It is simply the largest, most scientific, most complete, and most accessible online database for finned animals.  If you want to learn a fish's maximum size, natural distribution, depth range, etc., you turn to But we know oceans and lakes contain more life than just fish.


Enter  From Tridacna maxima to Acropora millepora, Lysmata amboinensis to Entacmaea quadricolor, provides data on non-finned species in the same familiar format of  If you don't recognize any of the Latin names we just listed, use!

The long-term goal of this project is to create and maintain a FishBase-like information system for all aquatic living organisms (marine and freshwater), ca. 400,000 spp. Of these, marine organisms (about 240,000 spp) are the target of the current project phase. It will not provide yet another authority list of species, but rather, for each species included, make available the biological information necessary to conduct biodiversity and ecosystem studies, taking advantage of lists of species already available on paper and electronically, and using the scientific names as ‘hook’ to organize biodiversity information. was started in 2006 so it is still relatively unknown amongst aquarists, even seasoned aquarists.  Advanced Aquarist hopes to bring out of obscurity; This website is an excellent reference tool that all marine life enthusiasts should use.

Author: Leonard Ho
Location: Southern California

I'm a passionate aquarist of over 30 years, a coral reef lover, and the blog editor for Advanced Aquarist. While aquarium gadgets interest me, it's really livestock (especially fish), artistry of aquariums, and "method behind the madness" processes that captivate my attention.


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