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MSBIAS: Marine Species of the British Isles and Adjacent Seas
The UK Marine Environmental Data and Information Network (2011). The Marine Species of the British Isles and Adjacent Seas (MSBIAS): a checklist of species derived from the UNICORN and Marine Recorder applications. Available online at Consulted on yyyy-mm-dd.
Contact: Marine Environmental Data & Information Network (MEDIN), more

Dedicated website
Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

A list of species in the marine waters around the British Isles and adjacent seas. more

Many applications require a list of species that are likely to be found in the marine waters around the British Isles and adjacent seas. The MSBIAS list can be used for this purpose and, furthermore, if used widely will improve the ability to exchange species data between applications. The marine area covered by this list is shown on the website. The boundaries given in the map are recognized not to represent true boundaries of species distributions however does allow operational use of a taxon list.

This list is a subset of taxa registered in the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), that was identified through data holdings of the applications "Marine Recorder" and "Unicorn", and collated under the project "Pan-European Species directories Infrastructure (PESI)".

Biology, Biology > Ecology - biodiversity
Marine/Coastal, Classification, Species, Taxonomy, ANE, British Isles, Animalia, Bacteria, Chromista, Fungi, Plantae, Protozoa

Geographical coverage
ANE, British Isles Stations [Marine Regions]
British Isles and adjacent seas

Temporal coverage
From 1758 on [In Progress]

Taxonomic coverage
Animalia [WoRMS]
Bacteria [WoRMS]
Chromista [WoRMS]
Fungi [WoRMS]
Plantae [WoRMS]
Protozoa [WoRMS]


Marine Environmental Data & Information Network (MEDIN), moredata ownerdata manager
Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredatabase developer

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WoRMS: World Register of Marine Species, more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Literature research
Metadatarecord created: 2012-07-17
Information last updated: 2013-04-23
All data in the Integrated Marine Information System (IMIS) is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy