Benthic macro invertebrate community in the Mar Piccolo of Taranto 2002-2004


The aim of this study was to determine the structure of the benthic macroinvertebrate communities in Mar Piccolo of Taranto (Ionian Sea, Central Mediterranean). The sampling was done on annual basis for three years (from 2002 to 2004), and the samples were taken using a Van Veen. A total of 258 species were identified. Benthic macroinvertebrate composition was dominated by the presence of Mollusca and Crustaceans that made up 63% of the species. Anellida represented 11.6% of species, followed by Echinodermata and Tunicata with 7.4 and 7.8% respectively and Porifera with 5.1% of the total species identified. Briozoa and Cnidaria accounted for about 3 and 2%. During the three years of study the benthic community remained almost constant

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Creator Ermelinda Prato
Publisher Long-Term Ecosystem Research in Europe
Contributor DEIMS-SDR Site and Dataset registry
Publication Year 2020
Rights No conditions apply to access and use; The data provider must be offered co-authorship for publications using this dataset at least within the metadata description Formal acknowledgement of the dataset providers The opportunity to collaborate on the project using the dataset The data provider is given and agrees to a statement of uses to which the dataset will be put public access limited according to Article 13(1)(g) of the INSPIRE Directive
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Contact linda.prato(at)
Language Italian
Discipline Environmental Monitoring
Spatial Coverage (17.229W, 40.471S, 17.327E, 40.500N)
Temporal Coverage Begin 2002-01-08T00:00:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2004-12-15T00:00:00Z