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Data set name

Macrobenthic community structure over the continental margin of Crete (South Aegean Sea, NE Mediterranean, 1994-1995)

Data holding centreHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (HCMR/IMBBC)
CountryGreece  Greece
ProjectCINCS - Pelagic-Benthic Coupling in the Oligotrophic Cretan Sea (NE Mediterranean)(CINCS)
Time periodMay 1994 - September 1995
OngoingNo
Geographical area

Cretan Sea (NE Mediterranean), bounded by 35.3 N to 35.75 N and 24.7 E to 25.3 E

Observations 
Parameters

Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related wet weight biomass per unit area of the bed

Instruments

Unconsolidated sediment corers

Description 
Summary

Macrobenthic faunal composition, abundance, biomass and diversity were investigated on a seasonal basis, in order to determine the spatial and temporal bathymetric changes of the macrobenthic community. Quantitative benthic samples were collected from a grid of 22 stations ranging from 40 to 1570 m depth and sliced into 3 depth layers down to 20 cm sediment depth. The data reveal 4 principle clusters according to depth: below 200m, 200-540m, 540-940m and above 940m. This study was part of the multidisciplinary EU MAST II MTP III project CINCS (contract MAS2-CT94-0092).

OriginatorsHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (HCMR/IMBBC)
Availability 
OrganisationHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (HCMR/IMBBC)
AvailabilityUnrestricted
ContactDr A. Tselepides
Address

Hellenic Centre for Marine Research, Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology & Aquaculture (HCMR/IMBBC)
Gournes Pediados P.O. Box 2214
Heraklion
Crete
71003
Greece

Telephone+30 2810337801
Facsimile+30 2810337870
Emaile.mironaki@hcmr.gr
Administration 
Collating centreHellenic Centre for Marine Research, Hellenic National Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier6004014
Global identifier1165
Last revised2015-03-23