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Abundance and biomass of benthic infauna as part of the North Channel habitat mapping project, 2017
Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI) (2019): Abundance and biomass of benthic infauna as part of the North Channel habitat mapping project, 2017. v2.4. Marine Biological Association. Dataset/Samplingevent
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This dataset contains information on infaunal abundance and biomass from sediment grabs in North Channel as part of a larger, more comprehensive habitat mapping project. This survey was carried out over two days in 2017 by the Agri-Food & Biosciences Institute (AFBI) on the RV Corystes. A 0.1m2 Day Grab was used to collect the sediment samples. Particle size analysis (PSA) and Carbon & Nitrogen analysis were carried out. The infaunal samples were sent away to accredited taxonomic laboratories to be identified and weighed. There were many commercially and biologically important species found in the samples for example Modiolus modiolus (Northern Ireland priority species) and a few non-native species such as Goniadella gracilis. There were also a few records of species that are not formally recorded in the UK e.g. Syllis licheri. The most abundant species recorded was the polychaete Sabellaria spinulosa. The polychaete species Syllis armillaris was present in all 12 samples taken.

Biology > Benthos, Biology > Plankton > Zooplankton, Geology - Geophysics - Sedimentation
Marine/Coastal, Benthic infauna, Corystes, research vessel, ANE, British Isles, North Channel, EurOBIS calculated BBOX, Annelida, Arthropoda, Bryozoa, Cnidaria, Mollusca

Geographical coverage
ANE, British Isles, North Channel [Marine Regions]
EurOBIS calculated BBOX Stations
Bounding Box
Coordinates: MinLong: -5,787; MinLat: 55,0235 - MaxLong: -5,6622; MaxLat: 55,1131 [WGS84]

Temporal coverage
15 July 2017 - 28 September 2017

Taxonomic coverage
Annelida [WoRMS]
Arthropoda [WoRMS]
Bryozoa [WoRMS]
Cnidaria [WoRMS]
Mollusca [WoRMS]


Count (in assayed sample) of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Development stage of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Gender of biological entity specified elsewhere [BODC]
Occurrence of biota

Agri-Food and Biosciences Institute (AFBI)data creator
Clements, Annika
Service, Matt
Gibson, Catherine
Marine Biological Association of the UK (MBA), moredata provider

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Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2019-01-14
Information last updated: 2022-08-04
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