For a better understanding of marine biodiversity

About BISMaL

BISMaL is a data system for biodiversity information, particularly in biogeographic data of marine organisms, constructed by Japan Agency for Marine Earth-Science and Technology (JAMSTEC), and is operated at the Global Oceanographic Data Center (GODAC) of JAMSTEC.

About BISMaL data

BISMaL provides biological information including photographs, descriptions on morphology/ecology, biogeography, etc. of marine organisms mainly around Japan. Movies taken by manned/unmanned submersibles of JAMSTEC may be found for some deep-sea taxa.

How to use BISMaL

Marine organisms registered to BISMaL are searchable by multiple methods. Scientific names, depth, localities or a combination of them, or search by browsing a taxonomic tree may lead you to each taxon page including detailed information of the taxon.


[ 2015/04/01 ]
JAMSTEC has become an Associate Data Unit (ADU) of IOC (UNESCO) on January, 19th, 2015 (see more details). The OBIS node of Japan changed the name of the office from Japan Regional OBIS Node (J-RON) to Japan Ocean Biogeographic Information System Center (J-OBIS) and moved its headquarter office to Global Oceanographic Data Center (GODAC) of JAMSTEC on April, 1st. BISMaL will continue to accept and publish the datasets from J-OBIS and to provide those datasets to OBIS as the activities of Japan.

BISMaL data at a glance

Online tool

BISMaL Mapper

The BISMaL Mapper for Marine Species Distribution, in short, BISMaL Mapper, enables to create a distribution map of marine species or figure representing the spatial variation of marine biodiversity easily and quickly. You may also draw graphs based on the occurrence records of marine organisms on this tool. By default, the data retrieved from BISMaL is provided for the visualization on this tool. Additionally, you may register and login to the system to upload and visualize data downloaded from the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) or Global Biodiversity Information Facility, or that compiled by yourself.

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