Senckenberg Research Institute and Museum, Frankfurt

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TDWG 2000: Digitising Biological Collections
Taxonomic Databases Working Group, 16th Annual Meeting
Senckenberg Museum, Frankfurt, Germany, November 10-12, 2000


Claude De Broyer*, Paul-André Duchesne*, Charles Vander Linden*, F. Van Roozendael*, K. Jazdzewski**, G.Chapelle*, R. Munn* & Y. Scailteur* 

An "Antarctic Marine Biodiversity Reference Centre" devoted to amphipod crustaceans 

* Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences, 29 rue Vautier, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium. 
** Departement of Polar Biology and Oceanobiology, University of Lodz, 12/16 Ul. S. Banacha, 90-237 Lodz, Poland 

[Poster presentation] 

An "Antarctic Marine Biodiversity Reference Centre" is being developed at the Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences in Brussels, Belgium, under the framework of the SCAR programme "Ecology of the Antarctic Sea-Ice Zone" (EASIZ) and the world biodiversity programmes "Diversitas" and "Systematics Agenda 2000, Charting the Biosphere". The focus of the reference centre is on peracarid crustaceans, in particular amphipoda, which are by far the most speciose animal group in the Southern Ocean, and probably the most diverse in terms of life styles, habitats, trophic types and size spectra. 

This reference centre will be comprised of specialised databases that will record and organise the widely scattered information on taxonomy, geographic and bathymetric distribution, ecological and biological characteristics, and bibliography. It will contain extensive and validated reference collections and will assist a network of contributing specialists (the "Antarctic Amphipodologist Network") who are involved in the taxonomical revision of the Antarctic amphipod fauna, the synthesis of their geographical and bathymetrical distribution and their bio-ecological traits. Finally, the reference centre will contribute to the development, by the "Antarctic Amphipodologist Network", of highly needed, new, conventional and computer-assisted identification tools.


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This meeting was co-sponsored by the Committee on Data for Science and Technology (CODATA) 

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