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Isopoda (Crustacea, Malacostraca) of the Southern Ocean and adjacent seas
Citation
Kaiser, S. [date accessed] Isopoda (Crustacea, Malacostraca) of the Southern Ocean and adjacent seas. World Wide Web electronic publication

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Description
This data set presents one of the biggest isopod datasets for the Southern hemisphere (Antarctic, Sub-Antarctic, adjacent oceans S of 30°S: S.-Atlantic, S- Pacific, S. India). It consists of c. 4000 presence records (absence is not collected), collected from 1881 till 2011. The spatial coverage includes most of Antarctica. more

Isopods are an important component of the Antarctic benthos and can be rich across depth and regions. A lack of dispersive larval stages makes them putatively very vulnerable to climate-induced changes and thus potentially an ideal model taxon for monitoring faunal shifts. In cooperation with TOTAL Foundation and SCAR-MarBIN, this data base is designed to collate distribution records of isopod crustaceans across the Southern Ocean and adjacent seas (S of 30°S) from the intertidal to hadal depths. Based on historical literature and benthic surveys the data base holds information nearly 900 isopod species in > 200 genera and 37 families from more than 3000 locations. More data are currently being added. Usually, UTM coordinates were entered (in meters); if not specified, stations were only included if a precise location (e.g. False Bay) was given. This data set presents one of the biggest isopod datasets for the Southern hemisphere (Antarctic, Sub-Antarctic, adjacent oceans S of 30°S: S.-Atlantic, S- Pacific, S. India). It consists of c. 4000 presence records (absence is not collected), collected from 1881 till 2011. The spatial coverage includes most of Antarctica. The actual database is a relational MS Access table, and the data exist in an OBIS/Darwin Core scheme of its columns.

Scope
Keywords:
Marine, Antarctic, Benthos, Continental shelf, Deep water, PS, Antarctic Ocean, Isopoda

Geographical coverage
PS, Antarctic Ocean [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1881 - 2011

Taxonomic coverage
Isopoda [WoRMS]

Parameter
Presence of biota

Contributors
Biozentrum Grindel und Zoologisches Museum, moredata creator Natural Environment Research Council; British Antarctic Survey (BAS), moredata manager University of Alaska Fairbanks; Institute of Arctic Biology, moredata creator

Related datasets
Published in:
AntOBIS: Antarctic Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Literature research
Metadatarecord created: 2011-03-11
Information last updated: 2011-03-14
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