BioMar - LIFE project

Occurrence dataset published by National Biodiversity Data Centre

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BioMar - LIFE project

Description

A database of marine species of the seashore and seabed of the island of Ireland

Additional Information

To be cited as: Picton B.E., Emblow, C.S., Morrow, C.C., Sides, E.M., Tierney, P., McGrath, D., McGeough, G., McCrea, M., Dinneen, P., Falvey, J., Dempsey, S., Dowse, J. and Costello, M. J. 1999. Marine sites, habitats and species data collected during the BioMar survey of Ireland. In: Picton, B.E. and Costello M. J. (eds), The BioMar biotope viewer: a guide to marine habitats, fauna and flora in Britain and Ireland, Environmental Sciences Unit, Trinity College, Dublin.

Temporal coverages

Date range: Jan 1, 1993 - Jan 1, 1996

Language of Data

 

Administrative contact
Barry O'Neill
National Biodiversity Data Centre, Ireland National Biodiversity Data Centre, Beechfield House, Carriganore WIT West Campus, Waterford, Ireland Waterford County Waterford Ireland 00 353 51 306240
Metadata author
National Biodiversity Data Centre, Ireland Beechfield house, Carriganore WIT West Campus County Waterford Ireland +353 (0)51 306 240
Originator
Dr. Mark Costello
Trinity College

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National Biodiversity Data Centre

Publication Date

Aug 28, 2013

Registration Date

Mar 20, 2012

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Taxonomic Coverage

Species Groups recorded: acarine (Acari), alga, annelid, bacterium, bony fish (Actinopterygii), bryozoan, cartilagenous fish (Chondricht, coelenterate (=cnidarian), crustacean, echinoderm, entoproct, flatworm (Turbellaria), flowering plant, fungus, horseshoe worm (Phoronida), insect - true fly (Diptera), lampshell (Brachiopoda), lichen, marine mammal, mollusc, peanut worm (Sipuncula), ribbon worm (Nemertinea), sea spider (Pycnogonida), sponge (Porifera), springtail (Collembola), tunicate (Urochordata).

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Description

The coast of the island of Ireland

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Geographic Coverage

The coast of the island of Ireland

Methodology

Quality control

All data were checked by Bernard Picton and Mark Costello, with additional checking of algae done by Michael Guiry.

Method Steps

  1. Sublittoral sites were surveyed by scuba diving from a rigid inflatable boat and littoral sites by direct observation on the shore. Sites were surveyed following the procedures laid out Hiscock (1990). For each site, and habitats within each site, a description was made of the main physical and biological features. The relative abundance of all conspicuous species present are recorded, categorised as rare, occasional, frequent, common, abundant or super abundant using the scales in Hiscock (1990). Habitats were selected from the main biological subzones and range of substrata present. Details of each site were recorded on sublittoral/littoral site sublittoral habitat and littoral habitat forms which facilitate data collation and transfer to a database. Photographs were taken to illustrate the range of habitats, communities and species present at as many of the sites as possible. Specimens were collected to improve in situ identification skills and to contribute to a voucher collection of the species present in the survey area. Specimens were lodged in the National Museum of Ireland, Dublin. A voucher collection algae present in the area and those that could not be identified were sent to Prof. M. Guiry, University College, Galway for identification.