[UPDATE 2] On 2014-09-19, we have successfully finished switching the web services we use for the taxonomic classification from the Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility to US ITIS and updated our taxonomic database. The taxonomic information presented on the OBIS-SEAMAP web site is back to normal. If you still see errors or problems, please let us know. Thank you for your patience.
[UPDATE] Unfortunately, the Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility has discontinued the web services we had been utilizing from the beginning of OBIS-SEAMAP. We need to switch to similar services that US ITIS provides. This transition may take another week or two. We anticipate that the species information will be up to date by the end of September. Thank you for your patience.
OBIS-SEAMAP uses the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) for the species classification and has been relying on the web service by the Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility (CBIF) to get the ITIS species information.
The CBIF's service is not currently available after they reorganized their web site in the summer 2014. Thus, you may find some of the species profiles presented on the OBIS-SEAMAP web site are faulty (e.g. blank taxon hierarchy) or not latest. We are consulting with the CBIF staff and making every effort to resume the updates of the species profiles.
If you have questions regarding this issue and species profiles, please contact us.