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General
Data set name

Macrobenthic communities of the soft substrates of Madeira (1992 onwards)

Data holding centreMuseum of Funchal, Madeira (IMAR network)
CountryPortugal  Portugal
Time periodFrom 1992 onwards
OngoingYes
Geographical area

Shelf and slope down to 500 metres around the island of Madeira

Observations 
Parameters

Fauna abundance per unit area of the bed; Fish taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Habitat characterisation; Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Zoobenthos generic abundance; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related counts

Instruments

Sediment grabs

Description 
Summary

This recently initiated project has not yet produced results. As a complement of the SEPLAT-MADEIRA, a government programme developed by the Instituto Hidrografico of Lisbon whose object is to produce a chart of sediments of the shelf and slope down to 500 metres of the archipelago of Madeira, we are trying to make an inventory of the macrobenthic fauna living in the sediments as well as to determine the distribution, structure and dynamics of the communities found, with special emphasis on the molluscs. So far, 180 grab samples have been collected in the south coast of the island of Madeira and are being sieved.

OriginatorsMuseum of Funchal, Madeira (IMAR network)
Availability 
OrganisationMuseum of Funchal, Madeira (IMAR network)
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactManuel Jose Biscoito and Antonio Domingos Abreu
Address

Museum of Funchal, Madeira (IMAR network)
Museu Municipal do Funchal Rua da Mouraria, 31
Funchal
Madeira
9004-546
Portugal

Telephone+351 29129761
Emailmmf@cm-funchal.pt
Administration 
Collating centreIHPT, Hydrographic Institute
Local identifier15031002
Global identifier2268
Last revised2009-10-30