KNAW Repository

MacroBen integrated database on benthic invertebrates of European continental shelves: a tool for large-scale analysis across Europe

Berghe Vanden, E. and Claus, S. and Appeltans, W. and Faulwetter, S. and Arvanitidis, C. and Somerfield, P.J. and Aleffi, I.F. and Amouroux, J.M. and Anisimova, N. and Bachelet, G. and Cochrane, S.J. and Costello, M.J. and Craeymeersch, J.A. and Dahle, S. and Degraer, S. and Denisenko, S. and Dounas, C. and Duineveld, G. and Emblow, C. and Escaravage, V.L. and Fabri, M.C. and Fleischer, D. and Grémare, A. and Herrmann, M. and Hummel, H. and Karakassis, I. and Kedra, M. and Kendall, M.A. and Kingston, P. and Kotwicki, L. and Labrune, C. and Laudien, J. and Nevrova, E.L. and Occhipinti-Ambrogi, A. and Olsgard, F. and Palerud, R. and Petrov, A. and Rachor, E. and Revkov, N.K. and Rumohr, H. and Sardá, R. and Sistermans, W.C.H. and Speybroeck, J. and Janas, U. and Van Hoey, G. and Vincx, M. and Whomersley, P. and Willems, W. and Wlodarska-Kowalczuk, M. and Zenetos, A. and Zettler, M.L. and Heip, C.H.R. (2009) MacroBen integrated database on benthic invertebrates of European continental shelves: a tool for large-scale analysis across Europe. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 382, 225-238. ISSN 0171-8630.

[img]PDF - Published Version

Official URL:


We describe an integrated database on European macrobenthic fauna, developed within the framework of the European Network of Excellence MarBEF, and the data and data integration exercise that provided its content. A total of 44 datasets including 465354 distribution records from soft-bottom macrobenthic species were uploaded into the relational MacroBen database, corresponding to 22897 sampled stations from all European seas, and 7203 valid taxa. All taxonomic names were linked to the European Register of Marine Species, which was used as the taxonomic reference to standardise spelling and harmonise synonymy. An interface was created, allowing the user to explore, subselect, export and analyse the data by calculating different indices. Although the sampling techniques and intended use of the datasets varied tremendously, the integrated database proved to be robust, and an important tool for studying and understanding large-scale long-term distributions and abundances of marine benthic life. Crucial in the process was the willingness and the positive data-sharing attitude of the different data contributors. Development of a data policy that is highly aware of sensitivities and ownership issues of data providers was essential in the creation of this goodwill.

Item Type:Article
Institutes:Nederlands Instituut voor Ecologie (NIOO)
ID Code:6265
Deposited On:23 Mar 2010 01:00
Last Modified:31 Mar 2014 10:36

Repository Staff Only: item control page