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Amundsen Sea Mollusca from the BIOPEARL II expedition
Moreau C, Linse K, Griffiths HJ, Barnes DKA, Kaiser S, Glover A, Sands C, Strugnell J, Enderlein P, Geissler P (2013). Amundsen Sea Mollusca from the BIOPEARL II expedition. 692 records, published online,

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Information regarding the molluscs in this dataset is based on the epibenthic sledge (EBS) samples collected during the cruise BIOPEARL II / JR179 RRS James Clark Ross in the austral summer 2008. A total of 34 epibenthic sledge deployments have been performed at five locations in the Amundsen Sea at Pine Island Bay (PIB) and the Amundsen Sea Embayment (ASE) at depths ranging from 476 to 3501m. This presents a unique and important collection for the Antarctic benthic biodiversity assessment as the Amundsen Sea remains one of the least known regions in Antarctica. more

Indeed the work presented in this dataset is based on the first benthic samples collected with an EBS in the Amundsen Sea. However we assume that the data represented are an underestimation of the real fauna present in the Amundsen Sea. In total 9261 specimens belonging to 6 classes 55 families and 97 morphospecies were collected. The species richness per station varied between 6 and 43. Gastropoda were most species rich (50 species) followed by Bivalvia (37), Aplacophora (5), Scaphopoda (3) and one from each of Polyplacophora and Monoplacophora.

Biology > Invertebrates
Marine, PSW, Amundsen Sea, Mollusca

Geographical coverage
PSW, Amundsen Sea

Temporal coverage
18 February 2008 - 11 April 2008

Taxonomic coverage
Mollusca [WoRMS]

Occurrence of biota

Natural Environment Research Council; British Antarctic Survey (BAS), more Natural History Museum; Department of Zoology, more The University of Queensland (UQ), more Université Libre de Bruxelles; Centre Interuniversitaire de Biologie Marine (ULB - UMH); Biologie Marine - UMH (BIOMAR), moredata creator

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AntOBIS: Antarctic Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more

Based on this dataset:
Brenke, N. (2005). An epibenthic sledge for operations on marine soft bottom and bedrock. Mar. Technol. Soc. J. 39(2): 10-21., more
Nitsche, F.O. et al. (2007). Bathymetry of the Amundsen Sea continental shelf: implications for geology, oceanography, and glaciology. Geochem. Geophys. Geosyst. 8(10): Q10009., more
Linse, K. et al. (2008). Biodiversity of echinoids and their epibionts around the Scotia Arc, Antarctica. Antarctic Science 20(Special Issue 03): 227-244., more
Graham, A.G.C. et al. (2010). Flow and retreat of the Late Quaternary Pine Island-Thwaites palaeo-ice stream, West Antarctica. J. Geophys. Res. 115(F3): 12, more
Dowdeswell, J.A. et al. (2006). Morphology and sedimentary processes on the continental slope off Pine Island Bay, Amundsen Sea, West Antarctica. Geol. Soc. Am. Bull. 118(5-6): 606-619., more
Noormets, R. et al. (2009). Morphology of the upper continental slope in the Bellingshausen and Amundsen Seas - Implications for sedimentary processes at the shelf edge of West Antarctica. Mar. Geol. 258(1-4): 100-114., more
Lowe, A.L.; Anderson, J.B. (2002). Reconstruction of the West Antarctic ice sheet in Pine Island Bay during the Last Glacial Maximum and its subsequent retreat history. Quat. Sci. Rev. 21(16-17): 1879-1897., more
Jacobs, S.S. et al. (2011). Stronger ocean circulation and increased melting under Pine Island Glacier ice shelf. Nature Geoscience 4: 519-523., more
Larter, R.D. et al. (2009). Subglacial bedforms reveal complex basal regime in a zone of paleo–ice stream convergence, Amundsen Sea embayment, West Antarctica. Geology (Boulder Colo.) 37(5): 411-414., more
Vaughan, D.G. (2008). West Antarctic Ice Sheet collapse – the fall and rise of a paradigm. Clim. Change 91(1-2): 65-79., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-03-10
Information last updated: 2015-03-10
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