TIPS to make best use of AquaMaps
1. Web Browser Settings:
A. AquaMaps is currently works best with FireFox Mozilla (especially if you want to use the Create Your Own Map routine).
B. Check that your browser properly opens PDF documents. In Mozilla:

1. Go to Tools -> Options -> Applications
2. Scroll down to Portable Document Format (PDF) and select 'Use Adobe Acrobat (in FireFox)'
3. Click OK


Downloading and using maps:

A. Right-click on the picture/graph. Then "Save Image As..." file to disk.
B. Always use the JPG extension for the filename (e.g. pic_Fis-29394.jpg).
C. Properly cite each downloaded map. See number 3.


Deep-linking to various AquaMaps pages:

A. Biodiversity species lists
AquaMaps displays a list of species predicted to occur in a particular coordinate or c-square code. To link to this page, change the coordinate (&xlat= and &xlong=) or the C-square code (&csc=) parameter values in the URLs provided below. One can deep-link to any of the six pre-defined species groupings by changing the map (&mapx=) parameter value.

To link via coordinates:
To link via c-square code:

Map mapx
Marine Biodiversity Map all
Shark and Ray Biodiversity Map sharks
Bony Fish Biodiversity Map bfish
Invertebrate Biodiversity Map inv
Deep-water Species Biodiversity Map deepwater
Marine Mammal Biodiversity Map speciesoccursum_mm

Note: The bottom of any Species List page includes fields that allow users to enter a specified coordinate or c-square code and retrieve its corresponding species list.


Species maps
AquaMaps allows third-party websites to deep-link to its online species maps (example). To link to AquaMaps species pages, change the genus (&Crit1_Value=) and species (&Crit2_Value=) parameter values in the URL provided below. &Crit1_FieldType=CHAR&Crit2_FieldName=scientific_names.Species&Crit2_FieldType=CHAR&Group=All&Crit1_Operator=EQUAL&Crit1_Value=Gadus& Crit2_Operator=CONTAINS&Crit2_Value=morhua&CoL=0

Note: If more than one map is available for a species, a list of maps is displayed.


Proper citation:


Cite individual maps as, e.g.,

Computer Generated Map for Gadus morhua (Atlantic cod)., version of Aug. 2013. Web. Accessed 19 Aug. 2013.

Reviewed Native Distribution Map for Gadus morhua (Atlantic cod)., version of Aug. 2013. Web. Accessed 19 Aug. 2013.

Note: Actual citation is provided once you get to this page:


Cite biodiversity maps (in search.php) as, e.g.,

Shark and Ray Biodiversity Map., version of Aug. 2013. Web. Accessed 19 Aug. 2013.


Cite the environmental dataset as, e.g.,

Kaschner, K., B. Schneider, C. Garilao, K. Kesner-Reyes, J. Rius-Barile and R. Froese (Editors). 2013 AquaMaps Environmental Dataset: Half-Degree Cells Authority File (HCAF). World Wide Web electronic publication,, ver. 5, 08/2013.


Cite AquaMaps itself as, e.g.,

Kaschner, K., K. Kesner-Reyes, C. Garilao, J. Rius-Barile, T. Rees, and R. Froese. 2016. AquaMaps: Predicted range maps for aquatic species. World wide web electronic publication,, Version 08/2016.


Using Full or Large Sets of AquaMaps Data:

We strongly encourage partnering with the AquaMaps team for larger research projects or publications that would make intensive use of AquaMaps to ensure that the limitations of the data set are clearly understood and addressed, and that critical maps and/or unlikely results are recognized as such and double-checked for correctness prior to drawing conclusions and/or subsequent publication.
The AquaMaps team can be contacted through Rainer Froese ( or Kristin Kaschner (