Welcome to the BMSC Biodiversity Database

  • This database supports research and teaching at BMSC.
  • Data covers the period 1972 to present, and include information about plants and animals in terrestrial, freshwater and marine environments of Barkley Sound.
  • Animals collected for research or teaching must be recorded in this database.
  • Noteworthy observations, both positive and negative, are encouraged.

Alternatively, print and fill out the PDF (link below) and submit a hard copy, or scan and email to the Animal Care Coordinator.

Biodiversity Links

Provides fisheries and environmental resources in order to help implement sustainable practices in the marine environment.

Archipelago Marine Research

A database of DNA barcode sequences, which can assist with identifying and classifying unknown samples.

Barcode of Life Database

Generates a list of species found in a geographic area of BC or of a certain conservation status. Also provides information about a particular species or ecosystem.

BC Species and Ecosystem Explorer

A free e-book that introduces conservation biology, biodiversity, ecosystems, and climate change – in a way that is accessible to a wide audience

Conservation Biology for All (ebook)

An online biogeographic atlas of flora found in BC.

Flora BC

An online encyclopedia which provides information about living species of all kinds, with an ultimate goal to gather information about 1.9 million species.

Encyclopedia of Life

A global species database particularly for fish species. Information can be located based on country, ecosystem, physiology, life history, and many other criteria.


Provides spatial information about fish, wildlife, and ecosystems of BC through a map-based tool. Requires Microsoft Silverlight to run.


A database of taxonomic information for various species – North American species in particular.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System – ITIS

A classification database for many organisms – specifically, those covered by public sequence databases.

NCBI Taxonomy

An e-book containing photos and information about sculpins from the Pacific Northwest.

Pacific Northwest Sculpins (pdf)

A photo gallery of the identifying features of phytoplankton from the American West Coast (Washington, Oregon, California).

Phytoplankton ID (pdf)

The World Register of Marine Species aims to provide the most authoritative list of names of all marine species globally, ever published.