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Abyssal fauna of the UK-1 polymetallic nodule exploration claim, Clarion-Clipperton Zone, central Pacific Ocean: Echinodermata
Glover, A.G.; Wiklund, H.; Rabone, M.; Amon, D.J.; Smith, C.R.; O'Hara, T.; Mah, C.; Dahlgren, T.G. (2016). Abyssal fauna of the UK-1 polymetallic nodule exploration claim, Clarion-Clipperton Zone, central Pacific Ocean: Echinodermata. Biodiversity Data Journal 4: e7251. hdl.handle.net/10.3897/bdj.4.e7251
In: Biodiversity Data Journal. Pensoft Publishers: Sofia. ISSN 1314-2828, more
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  • Glover, A.G., more
  • Wiklund, H.
  • Rabone, M.
  • Amon, D.J.
  • Smith, C.R.
  • O'Hara, T.
  • Mah, C.
  • Dahlgren, T.G.

Abstract
    We present data from a DNA taxonomy register of the abyssal benthic Echinodermata collected as part of the Abyssal Baseline (ABYSSLINE) environmental survey cruise ‘AB01’ to the UK Seabed Resources Ltd (UKSRL) polymetallic-nodule exploration claim ‘UK-1’ in the eastern Clarion-Clipperton Zone (CCZ), central Pacific Ocean abyssal plain. Morphological and genetic data are presented for 17 species (4 Asteroidea, 4 Crinoidea, 2 Holothuroidea and 7 Ophiuroidea) identified by a combination of morphological and genetic data. No taxa matched previously published genetic sequences, but 8 taxa could be assigned to previously-described species based on morphology, although here we have used a precautionary approach in taxon assignments to avoid over-estimating species ranges. The Clarion-Clipperton Zone is a region undergoing intense exploration for potential deep-sea mineral extraction. We present these data to facilitate future taxonomic and environmental impact study by making both data and voucher materials available through curated and accessible biological collections.

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