Cifonauta

marine biology image database

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What is it?

Cifonauta is an image database for marine biology.

Goal

Share and disseminate scientific information and marine biodiversity through images.

Content

We have today more than 10 thousand photos and 250 videos of protozoans, animals, and plants. This material is the result of scientific research and teaching activities in marine biology made available by researchers and students. New images are added regularly to the database.

Organization

Content is organized by information such as taxonomic classification, stage and mode of life, geolocation, and others. The user can use these tags to browse and refine queries by combining them. Also, we created thematic tours, selections of representative images about a specific topic (eg, diversity of marine larvae), that serve as a starting point to explore the contents of the database.

Motivation

Make use of the vast photographic documentation of scientific research, that are rarely published in full, to enrich the science outreach in marine biology.

Reuse

Database content is made available under a flexible license that allows reuse of material for non-commercial purposes, provided the source is cited.

Credits

Cifonauta is an initiative of the Marine Biology Center of University of São Paulo and was developed by Alvaro Migotto and Bruno Vellutini under the Call MCT/CNPq nº 42/2007 - Dissemination and Popularization of Science & Technology (process nº 551951/2008-7) from CNPq.

Technology

Infraestructure was developed with open source software like Python, Django, and PostgreSQL and Cifonauta's source code is open. Read more details.

Cifonauta?

Database name and logo is based on a type larva from bryozoans, colonial and sessile marine invertebrates. Cyphonautes larvae live in the water column for weeks until settling on some substrate, such as rocks or algae. It then goes under metamorphosis to the adult form originating a new colony.

Featured photos

Featured videos

  • Comb jelly and amphipode 00:49 +
    Comb jelly and amphipode
  • Bryozoan 00:23 +
    Bryozoan
  • Gastrotrich 00:26 +
    Gastrotrich
  • A sea biscuit's life 03:36 +
    A sea biscuit's life
    O vídeo retrata o ciclo de vida da bolacha-do-mar Clypeaster subdepressus e faz parte do meu projeto de mestrado pelo Instituto de Biociências da Universidade de São Paulo. Coletamos os adultos em fundos arenosos do Canal de São Sebastião (São Sebastião, SP, Brasil) e os induzimos a liberarem seus gametas (óvulos e espermatozóides). Fizemos a fecundação in vitro e acompanhamos o desenvolvimento dos embriões no laboratório, sob microscopia de luz. Os embriões tornam-se larvas natantes, com cerca de 0 2 mm, que alimentamos com microalgas até sua metamorfose. A pequena bolacha-do-mar cresce dentro da larva. Quando os minúsculos pés e espinhos estão formados a larva afunda e sofre a metamorfose. O filhote de bolacha-do-mar reabsorve os tecidos larvais e passa a explorar seu novo habitat, entre os grãos de areia. Fizemos todas as filmagens no Centro de Biologia Marinha da Universidade de São Paulo (CEBIMar-USP), localizado em São Sebastião, SP, Brasil, litoral norte do estado de São Paulo (http://www.usp.br/cbm). Mais informações sobre este projeto podem ser encontradas no site (http://mestrado.organelas.com). Baixe a trilha sonora no site da netlabel AEROTONE (http://tinyurl.com/MyFirstTrumpet-Frerk). Este vídeo está sob uma licença Creative Commons by-nc-sa (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.5/br/).
  • Neriliid polychaete 00:08 +
    Neriliid polychaete
  • Bryozoan 00:23 +
    Bryozoan
  • Cubozoan 00:40 +
    Cubozoan
  • Polychaete 00:40 +
    Polychaete