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AB 4:143-145 (2008)  -  DOI:

CeDAMar global database of abyssal biological sampling

Carol T. Stuart1,*, Pedro Martinez Arbizu2, Craig R. Smith3, Tina Molodtsova4, Angelika Brandt5, Ron J. Etter1, Elva Escobar-Briones6, Marie-Claire Fabri7, Michael A. Rex1

1Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts, Boston, Massachusetts 02125, USA
2German Centre for Biodiversity Research, DZMB Forschungsinstitut Senckenberg, Südstrand 44, 26382 Wilhelmshaven, Germany
3Department of Oceanography, University of Hawaii, 1000 Pope Road, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822, USA
4P.P. Shirshov Institute of Oceanology RAS, Moscow 117218, Russia
5Zoological Institute and Zoological Museum, Martin-Luther-King-Platz 3, 20146 Hamburg, Germany
6Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, A. P. 70-305 Ciudad Universitaria, 04510 México City, Mexico
7IFREMER, BP 70, 29280 Plouzane, France

ABSTRACT: The Census of the Diversity of Abyssal Marine Life (CeDAMar), a division of the Census of Marine Life, has compiled the first comprehensive global database of biological samples taken in the abyssal plains of the world ocean. It is an essential resource for planning future exploration of the abyss, for synthesizing patterns of biogeography and biodiversity, and for environmentally safe exploitation of natural resources. The database is described in this article, and made available to investigators through the CeDAMar website.

KEY WORDS: Biodiversity · Deep sea · Database · Marine benthos · Abyssal

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Cite this article as: Stuart CT, Martinez Arbizu P, Smith CR, Molodtsova T and others (2008) CeDAMar global database of abyssal biological sampling. Aquat Biol 4:143-145.

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