The Register of Antarctic Marine Species (RAMS)


The objective of RAMS is to compile and manage an authoritative taxonomic list of species occurring in the Antarctic marine environment, for establishing a standard reference for marine biodiversity research, conservation and sustainable management. RAMS is integrated in the World registry of Marine species (WORMS).

The taxonomic scope of RAMS covers Antarctic species from the three realms of the Southern Ocean: the sea floor (meio-, macro- and megazoobenthos; micro- and macrophytobenthos), the water column (phytoplankton, zooplankton, nekton) and the sea-ice.

RAMS is managed by an Editorial Board comprising an Executive Committee and associate Taxonomic Editors. The RAMS Executive Committee plays an advising role in the development of RAMS and proposes Taxonomic Editors. It links with the SCAR-MarBIN International Steering Committee. To allow RAMS to be as exhaustive and authoritative as possible, the role of the network of Taxonomic Editors is crucial. These Taxonomic Editors are world experts on the taxonomy of their relevant taxa and are in charge of the content and quality control of data for their specific group.

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Taxon match

You can use the RAMS Taxon Match Tool ( credits ) to automatically match your species list or taxon list with RAMS. After matching, the tool will return your file with the AphiaID's, valid names, authorities, RAMS classification and/or any other output you selected. [ View manual]

For performance reasons, the limit is set to 1,500 rows. You can send larger files to and we will return the results to you as soon as possible.