Marine sites, habitats and species data collected during the BioMar survey of Ireland.

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

Geographic Coverage: The coast of the island of Ireland

Temporal Coverage: The data were collected from 1993 to 1996

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

Dataset Status: Published as the BioMar Biotope Viewer.

Additional Information: Authors: 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. Title and year: (2017). Marine sites, habitats and species data collected during the BioMar survey of Ireland. National Biodiversity Data Centre. Occurrence Dataset accessed via on 2017-07-19.

Data Resources (3)

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Organisation Home Page
Theme Environment
Date released 2022-11-10
Date updated 2022-11-11
Dataset conforms to these standards The INSPIRE Directive or INSPIRE lays down a general framework for a Spatial Data Infrastructure (SDI) for the purposes of European Community environmental policies and policies or activities which may have an impact on the environment.
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Language English
Landing page
Geographic coverage in GeoJSON format {"type":"Polygon","coordinates":[[[-10.60604422, 51.42459778],[-10.60604422, 55.44532946], [-5.76884641, 55.44532946], [-5.76884641, 51.42459778], [-10.60604422, 51.42459778]]]}
Spatial Reference Systems (SRS) TM75 / Irish Grid (EPSG:29903)
Vertical Extent {"verticalDomainName": "EPSG Projection 5731 - Malin Head height", "minVerticalExtent": "0", "maxVerticalExtent": "0"}
Provenance information All data were checked by Bernard Picton and Mark Costello, with additional checking of algae done by Michael Guiry. Data Capture Method: 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. Data Capture Purpose: The aim of this survey was to provide descriptions of the littoral and sublittoral habitats and associated communities of the Republic of Ireland. Original Format: Access Database
Period of time covered (begin) 1993-01-01
Period of time covered (end) 1996-12-31