Benthic Invertebrate

Supporting biodiversity research in some of the ocean's most unexplored and extreme environments.

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Dr. Greg Rouse

Our Collection

The Benthic Invertebrate Collection is a research repository housing 55,000+ lots, representing 800,000+ specimens and 7,600+ species from marine environments worldwide.

Collection Database Loan Policy

Recent Publications

Atkinson, S. D., Bartholomew, J. L., and Rouse, G. W. (2020). The invertebrate host of salmonid fish parasites Ceratonova shasta and Parvicapsula minibicornis (Cnidaria: Myxozoa), is a novel fabriciid annelid, Manayunkia occidentalis sp. nov. (Sabellida: Fabriciidae). Zootaxa 4751, 310–320. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4751.2.6

Blake, J. A. (2020). New species and records of deep-water Orbiniidae (Annelida, Polychaeta) from the Eastern Pacific continental slope, abyssal Pacific Ocean, and the South China Sea. Zootaxa 4730, 1–61. doi:10.11646/zootaxa.4730.1.1

Our Work


SIO-BIC contributes to research on invertebrate diversity, including new species descriptions, global phylogenies, population genetics, and biogeography.

Research and Curation Projects
Collection Transfer Project


SIO-BIC materials are widely used in teaching at UC San Diego, as well as for public outreach directly from the collection and through Birch Aquarium at Scripps.

Education and Outreach


Specimens contained in the Scripps Institution of Oceanography Benthic Invertebrate Collection date back to 1902, when Dr. William E. Ritter of the University of California Berkeley and summer students began conducting biological survey work from the Boathouse of the Hotel Del Coronado.

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Support the Collections

Friends of the Collections support the largest and most complete university-based oceanographic collection in the world, comprised of millions of biological and geological marine specimens. This library of the ocean’s history is a resource to researchers and students all over the world.

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