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Arctic soft-sediment macrobenthos
Kendall M., 1996: Arctic soft-sediment macrobenthos. Plymouth Marine Laboratory, UK.
Contact: Kendall, Mike

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Samples of the macrobenthic fauna of soft sediments were collected from around Svalbard during the 1991 Arctic EPOS cruise of RVPolarstern more

Although faunal variability could be related to sediment granulometry and depth, all stations to the south and east of the Archipelago lay within the broadly defined central Barents Sea community. In this community, (alfa-diversity was variable and sampled between 77 and 337 m showed no clear relationship to depth. Diversity in the area close to the polar front was notably high, rarefaction predicting that 43 ± 5.5 species might occur in a sample of 201 individuals. k-Dominance plots suggested that muddy sand communities around Sval- bard were no less diverse than similar assemblages in the North Sea.

Biology, Biology > Benthos
Marine/Coastal, Arctic environment, Macrobenthos, ANE, Norway, Svalbard, EurOBIS calculated BBOX

Geographical coverage
ANE, Norway, Svalbard [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: 10,7333; MinLat: 77,2 - MaxLong: 32,9333; MaxLat: 81,45 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage


Area of sample {sampled area} from the bed [BODC]
Count (in assayed sample) of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Density Methodology
Development stage of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Density: Benthic box-core sampling of 0.1m²
Benthic sediment samples of 0.1m²are subsampled from a 0.25m² box-corer

Plymouth Marine Laboratory (PML), moredata ownerdata creator
Kendall, Mike
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata manager
Perez Perez, Ruben

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EurOBIS: European Ocean Biodiversity Information System, more
(Partly) included in:
Macroben: Macroben database (Marbef Theme 1 workshop)

Based on this dataset
Kendall, M.A. (1996). Are Arctic soft-sediment macrobenthic communities impoverished? Polar Biol. 16: 393-399

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research
Release date: 2005-08-30
Metadatarecord created: 2005-06-14
Information last updated: 2024-07-08
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