MetaZooGene Barcode Atlas & Database (MZGdb)

The MetaZooGene "Barcode Reference Database" and "Barcode Atlas" are now joined together into a single online product called the MetaZooGene Barcode Atlas and Database, or MZGdb for short.  This combined resource summarizes the presence and barcoding status of major zooplankton groups and species, divided-into and reported-by geographic regions, oceans, and seas (e.g., "North Atlantic pteropods", "Arctic calanoid copepods", "Southern Ocean euphausiids", "Mediterranean Sea decapods").  The MZGdb will also let the user download these data (from any of the taxonomic/geographic subsets). 

At the moment (April 2021), the data access links have been temporarily turned off as we complete our quality control review and await final publication of the Marine Biology Reviews paper that will officially introduce this work.

The MZGdb can be accessed by clicking on any of the images below.  (All images point to the same entry page.)

Screenshot of the MZGdb interface main menu Map of North Atlantic copepoda and barcodes Screenshot of the MZGdb interface main menu
MetaZooGene Barcode Atlas & Database (MZGdb)


The MZGdb is collaboratively-developed product of MetaZoogene (SCOR WG157) and the Coastal & Oceanic Plankton Ecology, Production, & Observation Database (COPEPOD).  MZGdb is an expansion of COPEPEDIA, a taxonomically arranged database of zooplankton observation, biometric trait, photographs, and now molecular data.  Through COPEPEDIA's parent and sibling taxonomic tree structure and inter-relationships, information is stored and compiled at multiple taxonomic aggregations.  For example, a user can access data from an individual species (e.g., Calanus finmarchicus) or just as easily get all the combined data from an entire Genus or Family or taxonomic group (e.g. all members the genus Calanus or family Calanidae or even "all copepoda").