Together there are more than 9,000 species: from the smallest organisms to anemones or penguins.

These are the protagonists of the most complete census of Antarctic marine life ever carried out, which is published this week.

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The showy, bright cushion stars feed on seal droppings in shallow Antarctic waters.

Under the title «Biogeographic Atlas of the Antarctic Ocean», the exhaustive work is the first to be carried out in the area since 1969.

The book has 66 chapters, around 100 photographs and 800 maps, and is sponsored by the Scientific Committee for Antarctic Research.

«It has been a huge international effort and served as a legacy for the dedicated team of scientists who have contributed to its production,» said Huw Griffiths, one of the authors and editors of the atlas, from British Antarctic Research (BAS). in English).

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