This DVD-ROM holds a taxonomic reference work covering 2,688 plankton species, classified under 1,300 higher taxa, occurring in the South Atlantic Ocean including the Medusae, Siphonophorae, Ctenophora, Chaetognatha, planktonic Tunicata and Polychaeta, pelagic Gastropoda and Cephalopoda, and a vast group of planktonic Crustacea. Sixteen of the 28 groups treated have new interactive, illustrated keys to family, genus or species level. For most groups geographic and vertical distribution patterns in the South Atlantic, from the equatorial waters to the Antarctic circumpolar belt, are given.
General introductory information on morphology, reproduction, development, feeding, production rates, etc. is included, and the literature references provided will help guiding the student toward the relevant papers on each subject. A section on methodology is part of this information system as well. Common biological and specific morphological and geographical terms, are captured in an illustrated glossary defining 1352 terms.
All text is ‘hyperlinked', enabling quick navigation through the massive amount of information. This authoritative work compiled by Prof. Demetrio Boltovskoy holds contributions from 41 other oceanographers and marine biologists. This DVD-ROM is an excellent source of information for marine biologists, oceanographers, environmentalists and students and is a valuable addition to any scientific library.