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Quantitative box core samples of deep sea benthos from off Portugal (1986 and 1989)

Data holding centreScottish Association for Marine Science
CountryUnited Kingdom  United Kingdom
Time periodNovember 1986 and September/October 1989
Geographical area

35° - 45° N, west coast of Portugal (including continental slope) out to 35° W


Zooplankton and zoobenthos morphological parameters; Fauna abundance per unit area of the bed; Fish morphology, age and physiology; Fish taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Insect and earthworm taxonomy-related abundance per unit area of the bed; Zoobenthos taxonomic abundance; Zoobenthos taxonomy-related counts; Zooplankton and zoobenthos development stage parameters


Pelagic trawl nets; benthos samplers; unconsolidated sediment corers


The cruises aimed to describe deep-sea macro- and megabenthos communities in relation to bathymetry and canyon parameters. Macrobenthos community structure was particularly addressed on RRS Discovery 186. A unique series of transponder mapped box cores was obtained from two sites: 1) Tagus abyssal plain (5035m depth) and Lower Satubal Canyon (3360 - 3546m depth). The box cores have all been sorted, with many taxa identified to species level, in order to provide high quality material for comparison of macrobenthos community structure and spatial pattern at two relatively close sites differing greatly in disturbance regime.

OriginatorsScottish Association for Marine Science
OrganisationScottish Association for Marine Science
AvailabilityBy negotiation
ContactSteven J Gontarek (Data Information Manager)

Scottish Association for Marine Science

PA37 1QA
United Kingdom

Telephone+44 1631 559314
Collating centreBritish Oceanographic Data Centre
Local identifier1049015
Global identifier654
Last revised2009-12-01