• New record of depth distribution for the cheilostome bryozoan Cauloramphus spinifer

    New record of depth distribution for the cheilostome bryozoan Cauloramphus spinifer
    Emma Delduca


    Cauloramphus spinifer, a cheilostome bryozoan, was found in samples from the Humber Regional Environmental Characterization survey in the North Sea. These records, at a maximum depth of 53.1 m, significantly increase the known depth-range for this species.

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  • New UK recordings of the mantis shrimp, Rissoides desmaresti (Crustacea:Stomatopoda), provided by broad-scale mapping projects

    New UK recordings of the mantis shrimp, Rissoides desmaresti (Crustacea:Stomatopoda), provided by broad-scale mapping projects

    Ross Griffin(1), Roger J.H. Herbert(2) and Bryony Pearce(1)
    (1)Marine Ecological Surveys Limited, 3 Palace Yard Mews, Bath, BA1 2NH, UK,
    (2)Centre for Conservation Ecology and Environmental Science, School of Applied Sciences, Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus, Fern Barrow, Poole, UK BH12 5BB

    Marine Biodiversity Records, page 1 of 4. # Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom, 2011
    doi:10.1017/S1755267211000765; Vol. 4; e80; 2011 Published online

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  • Genus Trait Handbook

    Published by Marine Ecological Surveys Limited 2008.  This publication (excluding logos) may be re-used free of charge in any format or medium for research, for non-commercial purposes, private study or internal circulation within an organisation.  This is subject to it being re-used accurately and not used in a misleading context.  The material must be acknowledged as Marine Ecological Surveys Limited copyright and referenced correctly.

    This publication is now available as an App "MarineLife", the funding for which was presented to MESL by its parent company Gardline Environmental Ltd and has its own website

    The correct citation of this publication is:
    Marine Ecological Surveys Limited. 2008.  Marine Macrofauna Genus Trait Handbook.  Marine Ecological Surveys Limited, 24a Monmouth Place,  Bath, BA1 2AY. 184pp. ISBN 978-0-9506920-2-9.


    Preparation and production of this handbook was funded by Defra through the Marine Aggregate Levy Systainability Fund (MALSF) as an extension to the following project:-

    Marine Ecological Surveys Limited 2007.  Predictive framework for assessment of recoverability of marine benthic communities following cessation of aggregate dredging.  Technical Report to the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science (CEFAS) and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra).  Project No MEPF 04/02.  Marine Ecological Surveys Limited, 24a Monmouth Place, Bath, BA1 2AY. pp. 115 + electronic appendices pp.466.


    A limited number of the original Handbooks are available at £40.00 per copy.  Please email for more details.


  • Recovery of Benthic Resources following Marine Aggregate Extraction

    Marine Aggregate Levy Sustainability Fund Science Monograph Series Report No 2

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  • Recovery of Seabed Resources Following Marine Aggregate Extraction


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  • Cirratulidae & Spionidae Identification Workshop 26th to 28th November 2010 in Bath - COURSE FULL

    This course will enable participants to gain experience and develop confidence in the identification of species of Spionidae and Cirratulidae, two common families of marine annelids. The course will include an introductory talk on each of the groups covering body parts, terminology and use of the important dichotomous keys for each group. The main focus of the weekend will be microscope work, allowing students to work through specimens from the two families at their own speed. Participants will carry out identification using industry standard keys and papers with the assistance of two professional marine biologists who between them have over fifteen years experience of processing benthic samples. Specimens from the majority of British genera will be available. Time will be allocated at the end of the course for participants to look at their own specimens with assistance from the course leaders.

    Course fees include membership to the Marine Biological Association of the UK.  Existing members of the Marine Biological Association are entitled to a 10% discount on the rate.  

    Introduction to Benthic Taxonomy

    A two week course to be held at the Marine Biological Association in Plymouth. This course is aimed at undergraduates and recent graduates wishing to develop their benthic identification skills. The course will ;

        * introduce students to  the concepts and uses of benthic taxonomy
        * provide experience of both intertidal and subtidal sample collection, preservation and analysis
        * provide training in the use and construction of dichotomous keys (including online resources)
        * develop taxonomic understanding and exposure

    More details of this course will be available shortly

    Specialist Taxonomy Short Courses

    Short courses concentrating on particular phyla, families or interest groups. These courses are aimed at graduates and practising taxonomists wishing to enhance their knowledge of marine taxonomy.  Demonstrable experience in marine taxonomy or completion of the Introduction to Marine Taxonomy is a prerequisite to these courses. You will only be awarded a place on a particular course if we are happy that you have the required  prior knowledge.

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