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SeamountsOnline (Seamount Biota)
Stocks, K. 2003. SeamountsOnline: an online information system for seamount biology. Version 3.1.
Contact: Stocks, Karen

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Availability: Unrestricted
The data are freely available to anybody and may be used for any purpose. Usage acknowledgement may be required

SeamountsOnline holds data on species collected or observed from seamounts. All metazoan taxa are included, and the spatial extent is global. Data are from published sources or from electronic datasets donated by known institutions, individuals, or governmental groups. The database is not complete, as data are continually being added. The species names used in SeamountsOnline are those used in the original data source: we have not updated names to reflect later taxonomic revisions. Note that the OBIS name server can provide known synonyms and current valid names for many taxa. more

SeamountsOnline is an NSF-funded project that holds records of species that have been collected from underwater seamounts, guyots and ridges, along with some accessory information about when, where and how the samples were collected. The contents of SeamountsOnline is constantly growing as we find and incorporate new sources of data. At present, the system holds 5124 records on 1348 species and 86 seamounts. The purpose of Seamounts Online is to gather information on species found in seamount habitats, and to provide a freely-available online resource for searching, downloading, mapping, and analyzing patterns of biogeography in these data. It is designed to facilitate research into seamount ecology, and to act as a resource for managers. Information was obtained from In the course of developing SeamountsOnline, over 1,000 literature citations have been collected relating to seamounts. The coverage is most comprehensive for biological sampling on seamounts. Geology, hydrology, chemistry, etc. are also represented, but the coverage is not as thorough. The bibliography can be searched for references of interest or downloaded as whole through the Search References feature.


University of California, San Diego; Scripps Institute of Oceanography; San Diego Supercomputer Center (SIO), more

Related datasets
Child dataset:
Seamounts Online version 2005-1 - European data, more


Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2013-01-22
Information last updated: 2013-01-22
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