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Information regarding the molluscs in this dataset is based on the Rauschert dredge samples collected during the Latitudinal Gradient Program (LGP) on board the R/V “Italica” in the Ross Sea (Antarctica) in the austral summer 2004. A total of 18 epibenthic dredge deployments/samplings have been performed at four diffrent locations at depths ranging from 84 to 515m. In total 8,359 specimens have been collected belonging to 161 species. Of these, in order of abundance, 5,965 specimens were Gastropoda (accounting for 113 species), 1,323 were Bivalvia (accounting for 36 species), 949 were Aplacophora (accounting for 7 species), 74 specimens were Scaphopoda (3 species), 38 were Monoplacophora (1 species) and, finally, 10 specimens were Polyplacophora (1 species).

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Date range: Feb 9, 2004 - Feb 21, 2004

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Administrative contact
Stefano Schiaparelli
Department of Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences (DISTAV) Genoa Italy
Metadata author
Stefano Schiaparelli
Department of Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences (DISTAV) Genoa Italy
Stefano Schiaparelli
Department of Earth, Environmental and Life Sciences (DISTAV) Genoa Italy

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Antarctic Biodiversity Information Facility (ANTABIF)

Publication Date

Jul 26, 2013

Registration Date

Sep 16, 2013

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Taxonomic Coverage

The present dataset focus on six molluscs classes (Mollusca: Gastropoda, Bivalvia, Monoplacophora, Aplacophora, Polyplacophora and Scaphopoda). It includes respectively for each class:

Class: Aplacophora, Class: Polyplacophora, Class: Monoplacophora, Class: Gastropoda, Bivalvia, Scaphopoda
Family: Neomeniidae, Family: Callochitonidae, Family: Micropilinidae, Family: Acteonidae, Cancellaridae, Anatomidae, Margaritidae, Doridae, Eulimidae, Mangeliidae, Seguenzioidea, Calliotropidae, Capulidae, Newtoniellidae, Buccinidae, Skeneidae, Cylichmidae, Diaphanidae, Dotidae, Eatoniellidae, Zerotulidae, Lepetidae, Naticidae, Cerithiopsidae, Collonidae, Skeneidae, Mangellidae, Margaritidae, Orbitestellidae, Triviidae, Omalogyridae, Volutomitridae, Buccinidae, Philinidae, Raphitomidae, Rissoidae, Akiodorididae, Cingulopsidae, Pyramidellidae, Tjaernoeiidae, Muricidae, Mathildidae, Borsoniidae, Philobryidae, Astartidae, Cuspidariidae, Cyamiidae, Carditidae, Cyclochlamydidae, Propeamussiidae, Mytilidae, Kelliidae, Limidae, Limopsidae, Philibryidae, Lyonsiidae, Montacutidae, Poromyidae, Nuculanidae, Siliculidae, Cuspidariidae, Thraciidae, Thyasiridae, Galeommatoidea, Toldiidae, Pulsellidae, Gadilidae
Genus: Callochiton, Genus: Micropilina, Genus: Acteon, Admete, Aegires, Anatoma, Antimargarita, Austrodoris, Bathycrinicola, Belalora, Brookula, Calliotropis, Capulus, Cerithiella, Chlanidota, Cirsonella, Cylichna, Diaphana, Doto, Eatoniella, Eumetula, Frovina, Haliella, Hemiaclis, Iothia, Kerguelnatica, Krachia, Leptocollonia, Liotella, Lissotesta, Lorabela, Margarites, Melanella, Microdiscula, Newnesia, Nothoadmete, Notoficula, Omalogyra, Paradmete, Pareuthria, Philippine, Pleurotomella, Powellisetia, Probuccinum, Prodoridunculus, Prosipho, Sinuber, Skenella, Streptocionella, Thjaernoeia, Toledonia, Torellia, Trilirata, Trophon, Turritellopsis, Typhlodaphne, Adacnarca, Astarte, Cuspidaria, Cyamiomactra, Cyclocardia, Cyclochlamys, Cyclopecten, Dacrydium, Kellia, Limatula, Limopsis, Lissarca, Lyonsia, Montacuta, Mysella, Parathyasira, Philobrya, Poromya, Propeleda, Pseudokellya, Silicula, Subcuspidaria, Thracia, Waldo, Yoldiella, Fusceulima, Pulsellum, Siphonodentalium
Mysella cf. antartica
Species: Micropilina arntzi, Acteon antarcticus, Admete haini, Aegires albus, Anatoma euglypta, Antimargarita dulcis, Doris kerguelensis, Bathycrinicola tumidula, Belalora striatula, Brookula pfefferi, Brookula cf. argentina, Brookula strebeli, Calliotropis antartica, Capulus subcompressus, Cerithiella seymouriana, Chlanidota signeyana, Cirsonella extrema, Cylichna gelida, Diaphana paessleri, Doto antartica, Eatoniella aff. cana, Eatoniella cf. demissa, Eatoniella kerguelensis, Eumetula dilecta, Eumetula cf.dilecta, Eumetula strebeli, Hemiaclis incolorata, Iothia emarginuloides, Kerguelnatica delicatula, Krachia antartica, Leptocolloniainnocens, Lissotesta macnighty, Lissotesta mammillata, Lissotestaminutissima, Lissotesta notalis, Lissotesta similis, Lissotesta strebeli, Lissotesta unifilosa, Lorabela davisi, Margarites crebrilirulata, Margarites refulgens, Melanella antartica, Melanella convexa, Microdiscula vanhoeffeni, Newnesia antartica, Nothoadmete cf. delicatula, Notoficula bouveti, Omalogyra burdwoodiana, Onoba egorovae, Onoba gelida, Onobakergueleni, Onoba paucilirata, Onoba turqueti, Paradmete fragillima, Pareuthria plicatula, Philine alata, Pleurotomella deliciosa, Powellisetia deserta, Probuccinum tenuistriatum, Prodoridunculus gaussianus, Prosipho cancellatus, Prosipho contrarius, Prosipho glacialis, Prosipho hunteri, Prosipho mundus, Sinuber microstriatum, Skenella paludinoides, Streptocionella pluralis, Thjaernoeia micaeli, Toledonia cf. perplexa, Toledonia elata, Toledonia globosa, Toledonia limnaeaeformis, Toledonia major, Toledonia palmeri, Toledonia punctata, Toledonia striata, Torellia antartica, Torellia exilis, Trilirata macmurdensis, Trilirata sexcarinata, Trophon coulmanensis, Trophon minutus, Turritellopsis latior, Typhlodaphne innocentia, Adacnarca nitens, Astarte longirostris, Cuspidaria tenella, Cuspidaria kerguelensis, Cyamiomactra laminifera, Cyamiomactra robusta, Cyclocardia astartoides, Cyclochlamys pteriola, Dacrydium albidum, Kellia simulans, Limatula hodgsoni, Limatula ovalis, Limatula simillima, Limopsis liliei, Limopsis marionensis, Lissarca notorcadensis, Lyonsia arcaeformis, Montacuta nimrodiana, Mysella charcoti, Mysella gibbosa, Philobrya sublaevis, Philobrya wandelensis, Poromya adelaides, Propeleda longicaudata, Pseudokellya gradata, Silicula rouchi, Thracia meridionalis, Parathyasira dearborni, Thyasira debilis, Waldo paratiticus, Yoldiella antarctica, Siphonodentalium dalli
Onoba subantarctica wilkesiana
Cyclochlamys gaussianus

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Latitudinal Gradient Program (LGP) R/V "Italica" voyage 2004 - Mollusca

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Study area description

This dataset lists the species that have been collected by deploying for the first time a Rauschert dredge in the Ross Sea (Rehm et al. 2006). Samples were obtained during the Austral summer 2004 in the framework of the 19th PNRA Antarctic expedition, on board the R/V “Italica”. The study area was the continental shelf along the latitudinal transect comprised between Cape Adare (~71°S) and Terra Nova Bay (~75°S). The Rauschert dredge was deployed in its ‘standard’ structure, i.e. having a mesh size of 500μm and with an opening of 0.5 m (Lörz et al, 1999). The dredge has been towed at a mean velocity of 1 knot to collect benthic samples at eighteen stations, comprised between 84 and 515m of depth. More details about sampling stations are reported in Rehm et al. (2006).

Design description

In the past decade, the Ross Sea has been the area studied by the Latitudinal Gradient Program (LGP; which aimed at: i) understanding the complex ecosystems that exist along the Victoria Land coast; and ii) determining the effects of environmental change on these ecosystems; iii) maximising the transfer of information and ideas, by utilising joint logistic facilities. To achieve these targets, two temporally parallel research voyages took place during the Austral summer 2004: one on board the Italian RV “Italica” and one on board the RV “Tangaroa” (“BioRoss” voyage, TAN0402) organized, respectively, by NIWA (National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research, Wellington) and PNRA (Antarctic National Research Project). The LGP contributes to the SCAR biology programme Evolution and Biodiversity in the Antarctic (EBA). The present molluscs dataset has been formatted in order to fulfil the standards required by the OBIS schema ( according the SCARMarBIN Data Toolkit (available at The dataset was uploaded in the ANTOBIS database (the geospatial component of SCARMarBIN), and the taxonomy was matched against the Register of Antarctic Marine Species, using the Taxon Match tool ( The dataset, therefore, meets the Darwin Core requirements and was designed around this data schema. Data from both the RV “Italica” and the RV “Tangaroa” (“BioRoss”, TAN0402) voyages were published in Schiaparelli et al. (2006). A detailed analysis of the distribution of mollusc species sampled by the Rauschert dredge is in Ghiglione et al. (submitted).


This study is part of the Project 2002/8.6 (“The coastal ecosystem of Victoria Land Coast: distribution and structure along a latitudinal gradient”) funded by the Italian National Antarctic Research Program (PNRA).

Project Personnel

Administrative contact
Stefano Schiaparelli

Associated parties

Anton Van de Putte


Ghiglione C, Alvaro MC, Griffiths HJ, Linse K, Schiaparelli S (submitted) Fine-mesh towed gears sampling at high latitudes: a considerable leap toward alpha-diversity assessment for benthic Mollusca from the Ross Sea (Antarctica). Polar Biology

Lörz AN, di Renzo A, Nickel J (1999) Comparative analysis of three sampling gear types for marine macrobenthos. Ber Polarforsch, 330:134–151.

Rehm P, Thatje S, Arntz EW, Brandt A, Heilmayer O (2006) Distribution and composition of macrozoobenthic communities along a Victoria-Land Transect (Ross Sea, Antarctica). Polar Biology 29:782–790.

Schiaparelli S, Lorz AN, Cattaneo-Vietti R (2006) Diversity and distribution of mollusc assemblages on the Victoria Land coast