Monday, July 11, 2016

Some fish like it cold

It's Monday morning and there aren't a lot of stories I find particular blog-worthy. That is not to say that there isn't anything interesting happening in the world of DNA barcoding and biodiversity sciences. I just can't find anything compelling enough to get the creative juices flowing.

Therefore, I use the 'free space' for some shameless self-advertising and to introduce a publication I co-authored. The Pacific Arctic Marine Fishes Atlas provides detailed documentation of all local species with maps depicting geographic distribution supported by citation of voucher specimens, catch records, and literature. It was already published in May through the Arctic Council, just in time for the field season as it is our hope that this new publication will help with trawls and expeditions heading out into the Pacific Arctic. 

What makes this volume special is the fact that we went through the lengths of barcoding almost all (98 of 101) species presented. The remaining 3 have been recalcitrant so far but I haven't given up on squeezing a barcode out of them. All of these are part of a larger dataset with over 200 species so far spanning the entire Arctic Ocean. We are currently working on a full atlas - stay tuned. 

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