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SOMBASE: Southern Ocean Mollusc Database

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Description
Species list and distribution of marine Molluscs of Antarctcia from the Southern Ocean Mollusc Database (SOMBASE) more

Understanding where organisms live and why they live there is the key aim of ecology. SOMBASE is a tool for looking at marine molluscs in the seas around Antarctica. Using a database and the latest mapping technology it is possible to display all the places where a family, genus or species has been found on an electronic map. These maps show us how widely spread different organisms are and if they prefer a particular area or type of habitat. The database can also be used to address questions about biodiversity in the seas around Antarctica and how it's unique environment affects which animals are found there. SOMBASE contains comprehensive distribution records of Antarctic, Magellanic, and Sub-Antarctic Gastropods and Bivalves as well as records for many other species from the Southern Hemisphere. Based upon published records and British Antarctic Survey data these distribution maps form part of a biogeographic database, which also includes taxonomic, ecological and habitat data. The database contains information on over 1,400 species from more than 3,350 locations.

Scope
Themes:
Biology, Biology > Invertebrates
Keywords:
Marine, Antarctic waters, Biogeography, Taxonomy, Antarctica, Bivalvia, Gastropoda

Geographical coverage
Antarctica [Marine Regions]

Taxonomic coverage
Bivalvia [WoRMS]
Gastropoda [WoRMS]

Contributor
Natural Environment Research Council; British Antarctic Survey (BAS), more

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

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Literature research
Metadatarecord created: 2006-02-20
Information last updated: 2007-11-21
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