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Cattrijsse, Andre; Vincx, Magda. (2001). Biodiversity of the benthos and the avifauna of the Belgian coastal waters: summary of data collected between 1970 and 1998. [Edited book.]. Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs: Brussel, Belgium. 48 pp.
Cattrijsse, Andre; Vincx, Magda
Biodiversity of the benthos and the avifauna of the Belgian coastal waters: summary of data collected between 1970 and 1998.
[Edited book.]
Federal Office for Scientific, Technical and Cultural Affairs: Brussel, Belgium. 48 pp.
Marine biologists have intensively studied the Belgian Continental Shelf (BCS) since the early seventies. Still, much of the knowledge on the biology and ecology of the biota collected remains hidden in little accessible and ‘grey’ literature. A complete overview of all biota, from the plankton to the higher trophic levels, still lacks.This synthesis wants to remedy this by reviewing the knowledge on the biodiversity of the benthos and the avifauna of the BCS. To detect biodiversity patterns, literature data were collected on diversity measures of the benthos communities.Therefore, the BCS was divided into nine zones. The demarcation of these zones relies partly on geographical and partly on biological information. For each of these zones, data on species number and species richness were collected. Clear patterns in average species number have been observed for the meiobenthos, the macrobenthos and the hyperbenthos.The species number of benthic assemblages in inshore waters changes dramatically between the eastern and western end of the Belgian coast. A second gradient runs perpendicular to the coastline and involves an increasing species number and diversity offshore. A third gradient relating to depth within a zone needs yet to be confirmed. Also an offshore decrease in density has been observed for macrobenthos and hyperbenthos. Avifauna data do not confirm these patterns even though seabird assemblages offshore differ from the inshore avifauna. All observed patterns need yet to be confirmed by standardised research and monitoring, being the aim of the ongoing programme. Besides the analysis of structural and functional biodiversity data on benthos and avifauna, this synthesis also examined the knowledge on the genetic structure and the parasite fauna of fish occurring on the BCS. The limited information available on the Belgian coastal waters points at continuity between fish populations of the. English Channel, the Southern Bight and the Central North Sea. Genetic differences of fish parasites have been observed in the area and may aid in addressing issues like genetic selection of the heavily fished populations.
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Alca torda Linnaeus, 1758 (additional source)
Alle alle (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Alosa alosa (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Alosa fallax (Lacepède, 1803) (additional source)
Angulus fabula (Gmelin, 1791) accepted as Fabulina fabula (Gmelin, 1791) (basis of record)
Angulus pygmaeus (Lovén, 1846) accepted as Asbjornsenia pygmaea (Lovén, 1846) (basis of record)
Bulbamphiascus inermis (Sewell, 1940) accepted as Bulbamphiascus imus (Brady, 1872) (basis of record)
Chlidonias niger (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Cirratulus filiformis Keferstein, 1862 accepted as Aphelochaeta filiformis (Keferstein, 1862) (basis of record)
Fratercula arctica (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Fulmarus glacialis (Linnaeus, 1761) (additional source)
Gavia arctica (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Gavia immer (Brünnich, 1764) (additional source)
Gavia stellata (Pontoppidan, 1763) (additional source)
Gelochelidon nilotica (Gmelin, 1789) (basis of record)
Glycera convoluta Keferstein, 1862 accepted as Glycera tridactyla Schmarda, 1861 (additional source)
Grania postclitellochaeta (Knöllner, 1935) (additional source)
Gymnammodytes semisquamatus (Jourdain, 1879) (additional source)
Larus Linnaeus, 1758 (additional source)
Larus argentatus Pontoppidan, 1763 (additional source)
Larus cachinnans Pallas, 1811 (additional source)
Larus canus Linnaeus, 1758 (additional source)
Larus delawarensis Ord, 1815 (basis of record)
Larus fuscus Linnaeus, 1758 (additional source)
Larus fuscus fuscus Linnaeus, 1758 (basis of record)
Larus fuscus graellsii Brehm, 1857 (basis of record)
Larus hyperboreus Gunnerus, 1767 (additional source)
Larus marinus Linnaeus, 1758 (additional source)
Larus minutus Pallas, 1776 accepted as Hydrocoloeus minutus (Pallas, 1776) (additional source)
Larus ridibundus Linnaeus, 1766 (additional source)
Larus sabini Sabine, 1819 accepted as Xema sabini (Sabine, 1819) (additional source)
Melanitta fusca (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Melanitta nigra (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Morus bassanus (Linnaeus, 1758) (basis of record)
Phalacrocorax aristotelis (Linnaeus, 1761) accepted as Gulosus aristotelis (Linnaeus, 1761) (additional source)
Phalacrocorax carbo (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Phalaropus Brisson, 1760 (additional source)
Podiceps cristatus (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Podiceps grisegena (Boddaert, 1783) (additional source)
Podiceps nigricollis Brehm, 1831 (additional source)
Puffinus gravis (O'Reilly, 1818) (additional source)
Puffinus griseus (Gmelin, 1789) (additional source)
Puffinus puffinus (Brünnich, 1764) (additional source)
Rissa tridactyla (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Schistomysis spiritus (Norman, 1860) (additional source)
Sprattus sprattus (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Stercorarius longicaudus Vieillot, 1819 (additional source)
Stercorarius parasiticus (Linnaeus, 1758) (additional source)
Stercorarius pomarinus (Temminck, 1815) (additional source)
Stercorarius skua (Brünnich, 1764) (additional source)
Sterna albifrons Pallas, 1764 accepted as Sternula albifrons (Pallas, 1764) (additional source)
Sterna hirundo Linnaeus, 1758 (additional source)
Sterna paradisaea Pontoppidan, 1763 (additional source)
Sterna sandvicensis Latham, 1787 (additional source)
Tharyx marioni (Saint-Joseph, 1894) accepted as Aphelochaeta marioni (Saint-Joseph, 1894) (basis of record)
Uria aalge (Pontoppidan, 1763) (additional source)
Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone for Achelia longipes (Hodge, 1864) 
Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone for Aora typica Krøyer, 1845  (inaccurate)
Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone for Liocarcinus arcuatus (Leach, 1814) 
Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone for Paraonis fulgens (Levinsen, 1884) 
Belgian Exclusive Economic Zone for Tellimya ferruginosa (Montagu, 1808) 
Dutch aalscholver for Phalacrocorax carbo (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch alk for Alca torda Linnaeus, 1758
Dutch Amerikaanse boormossel [from synonym] for Petricola pholadiformis Lamarck, 1818
Dutch blauwe mossel for Mytilus edulis Linnaeus, 1758
Dutch brakwateraasgarnaal for Neomysis integer (Leach, 1814)
Dutch drieteenmeeuw for Rissa tridactyla (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch dwergmeeuw [from synonym] for Larus minutus Pallas, 1776
Dutch dwergstern [from synonym] for Sterna albifrons Pallas, 1764
Dutch eidereend for Somateria mollissima (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch fuut for Podiceps cristatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch geoorde fuut for Podiceps nigricollis Brehm, 1831
Dutch gewone garnaal for Crangon crangon (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch gewone steurgarnaal for Palaemon elegans Rathke, 1836
Dutch grauwe franjepoot for Phalaropus lobatus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch grauwe pijlstormvogel for Puffinus griseus (Gmelin, 1789)
Dutch grote burgemeester for Larus hyperboreus Gunnerus, 1767
Dutch grote jager for Stercorarius skua (Brünnich, 1764)
Dutch grote mantelmeeuw for Larus marinus Linnaeus, 1758
Dutch grote pijlstormvogel for Puffinus gravis (O'Reilly, 1818)
Dutch grote stern for Sterna sandvicensis Latham, 1787
Dutch grote strandschelp for Mactra corallina (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch grote zee-eend for Melanitta fusca (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch grote zwaardschede [from synonym] for Ensis arcuatus (Jeffreys, 1865)
Dutch harig krabbetje for Pilumnus hirtellus (Linnaeus, 1761)
Dutch hongerlijder for Pariambus typicus (Krøyer, 1845)
Dutch ijsduiker for Gavia immer (Brünnich, 1764)
Dutch Jan van Gent for Morus bassanus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch kleine alk for Alle alle (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch kleine astarte for Goodallia triangularis (Montagu, 1803)
Dutch kleine jager for Stercorarius parasiticus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch kleine pijlinktvis for Alloteuthis subulata (Lamarck, 1798)
Dutch kleine platschelp [from synonym] for Angulus pygmaeus (Lovén, 1846)
Dutch kleine steenbolk for Trisopterus minutus (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch kleine zeekat for Sepiola atlantica A. d'Orbigny, 1842
Dutch kleinste jager for Stercorarius longicaudus Vieillot, 1819
Dutch kokkel for Cerastoderma edule (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch kokmeeuw for Larus ridibundus Linnaeus, 1766
Dutch koning van de poon for Mullus surmuletus Linnaeus, 1758
Dutch kuifaalscholver [from synonym] for Phalacrocorax aristotelis (Linnaeus, 1761)
Dutch lachstern for Gelochelidon nilotica (Gmelin, 1789)
Dutch melkwitte arkschelp for Striarca lactea (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch middelste jager for Stercorarius pomarinus (Temminck, 1815)
Dutch nonnetje for Macoma balthica (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch noordse pijlstormvogel for Puffinus puffinus (Brünnich, 1764)
Dutch noordse stern for Sterna paradisaea Pontoppidan, 1763
Dutch noordse stormvogel for Fulmarus glacialis (Linnaeus, 1761)
Dutch ovaal zeeklitschelpje for Tellimya ferruginosa (Montagu, 1808)
Dutch paarse zeeklit for Spatangus purpureus O.F. Müller, 1776
Dutch papegaaiduiker for Fratercula arctica (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch parelduiker for Gavia arctica (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch pijlinktvis for Loligo vulgaris Lamarck, 1798
Dutch porseleinkrabbetje for Pisidia longicornis (Linnaeus, 1767)
Dutch prismatische dunschaal for Abra prismatica (Montagu, 1808)
Dutch rechtsgestreepte dwarsschelp [from synonym] for Angulus fabula (Gmelin, 1791)
Dutch ringsnavelmeeuw for Larus delawarensis Ord, 1815
Dutch ringsprietgarnaal for Pandalus montagui Leach, 1814
Dutch roodhalsfuut for Podiceps grisegena (Boddaert, 1783)
Dutch roodkeelduiker for Gavia stellata (Pontoppidan, 1763)
Dutch sabelschede for Phaxas pellucidus (Pennant, 1777)
Dutch slanke kleine zwaardschede for Ensis ensis (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch slijkgarnaal for Corophium volutator (Pallas, 1766)
Dutch stevige strandschelp for Spisula solida (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch stormmeeuw for Larus canus Linnaeus, 1758
Dutch strandpissebed for Eurydice pulchra Leach, 1816
Dutch strandvlo [from synonym] for Talorchestia brito Stebbing, 1891
Dutch tweetandschelpje [from synonym] for Mysella bidentata (Montagu, 1803)
Dutch visdief for Sterna hirundo Linnaeus, 1758
Dutch vorkstaartmeeuw [from synonym] for Larus sabini Sabine, 1819
Dutch witte boormossel for Barnea candida (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch zandkokerworm for Lanice conchilega (Pallas, 1766)
Dutch zeeboontje for Echinocyamus pusillus (O.F. Müller, 1776)
Dutch Zeekat for Sepia officinalis Linnaeus, 1758
Dutch zeeklit for Echinocardium cordatum (Pennant, 1777)
Dutch zeekoet for Uria aalge (Pontoppidan, 1763)
Dutch zeespinnen for Pycnogonida
Dutch zeester for Asterias rubens Linnaeus, 1758
Dutch zilvermeeuw for Larus argentatus Pontoppidan, 1763
Dutch zwarte stern for Chlidonias niger (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch zwarte zee-eend for Melanitta nigra (Linnaeus, 1758)
Dutch zwartkopmeeuw [from synonym] for Larus melanocephalus Temminck, 1820
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