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Macroben: Macroben database (Marbef Theme 1 workshop)
MarBEF (2005). Macroben, an integrated database on benthic invertebrates of European continental shelves.

Availability: Restricted
The data are withheld from general circulation and disclosure but access may be obtained on a case-by-case basis through negotiation

Notes: Release with permission of the appropriate parties

The Macroben database is compiled and will be used within the Marbef Theme 1 framework. more

The data from the Oslo database is further expanded with 24 new datasets into the second version of the database. The second version of this database has a completely different structure. The basic structure of the new database (Macroben database) consists mainly out of four tables: dr (distribution records); tu (taxonomy), stations, abiotic readings and meta. The database contains at the moment 458,424 distribution records, 11,358 different taxa, 22,046 stations and 40,766 abiotic readings. Depth is available for 403,576 distribution records (88%). Different tools such as export data, preliminary analysis, calculation of indexes and calculation of gridcells are available.

Biology, Biology > Benthos
Marine/Coastal, Benthic fauna, Biogeography, Macrobenthos, ANE, Europe, European Continental Shelf, Animalia, Fungi, Plantae, Protozoa

Geographical coverage
ANE, Europe, European Continental Shelf [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1935 - 2005

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

Granulometric variables
Physicochemical environmental variables

Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredatabase developerdata creatordata creator

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Based on this dataset
Arvanitidis, C. et al. (2009). Biological geography of the European seas: results from the MacroBen database. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 382: 265-278., more
Renaud, P.E. et al. (2009). Continental-scale patterns in benthic invertebrate diversity: insights from the MacroBen database. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 382: 239-252., more
Vanden Berghe, E. et al. (2009). MacroBen integrated database on benthic invertebrates of European continental shelves: a tool for large-scale analysis across Europe. Mar. Ecol. Prog. Ser. 382: 225-238., more

Dataset status: In Progress
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2005-11-23
Information last updated: 2013-12-13
All data in the Integrated Marine Information System (IMIS) is subject to the VLIZ privacy policy