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The Fishery Grounds near Alexandria.VII.Decapoda.By Heinrich Balss.(1936).Notes and memoirs No. 15

Latest version published by Hellenic Center for Marine Research on Oct 15, 2018 Hellenic Center for Marine Research

This is a historical dataset that was published in 1936 by H. Balss and concerns of the faunistic report on the Decapoda collected during the floristical and faunistical survey of Adolf Steuer on the coasts near Alexandria mainly with the vessel “El Hoot”. This dataset covers the time span of 3/9/1933 to 18/11/1933 and contains occurence data of Decapoda in the coasts of Alexandria, Egypt. It also informations about individual counts, sex, lifestage and carapace length. The digitization of this dataset was done by LifewatchGreece team.

Data Records

The data in this sampling event resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 107 records. 2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
  • Occurrence 
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Legaki Aglaia, Tsikopoulou Irini and Nikolopoulou Stamatina (2016). Digitization of "Balss, H., 1936. Decapoda. The Fishery grounds near Alexandria. VII. Notes and Memoirs of the Fisheries Research Directory of Egypt 15: 1-67".


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Hellenic Center for Marine Research. To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 9737046d-84e9-4e7d-8f11-5cbc0741da77.  Hellenic Center for Marine Research publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Ocean Biogeographic Information System.




Who created the resource:

Aglaia Legaki
Marine Data Manager
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research-Institute of Oceanography GR

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Aglaia Legaki
Marine Data Manager
Hellenic Centre for Marine Research-Institute of Marine Biology, Biotechnology and Aquaculture Athens GR

Who filled in the metadata:

Aglaia Legaki
Marine Data Manager

Who else was associated with the resource:

Content Provider
Irini Tsikopoulou
Marine Data Manager
University of Crete HERAKLION GR
Content Provider
Stamatina Nikolopoulou
Data Manager
Hellenic Center for Marine Research GR

Geographic Coverage

Decapoda were found in about 150 sampling stations in the coasts of Alexandria, Egypt.

Bounding Coordinates South West [31.054, 29.659], North East [31.473, 30.426]

Taxonomic Coverage

Main category : Decapoda

Order  Decapoda,  Mysida

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1933-09-03 / 1933-11-18

Project Data

No Description available

Title Digitization of Historical Dataset-Egypt Expedition
Funding LifewatchGreece

The personnel involved in the project:

Aglaia Legaki

Sampling Methods

This dataset is only a part from a large faunistical expedition ( that took place in the coasts near Alexandria. The samples were collected by A. Steuer. For bottom samples almost exclusively a dredge with 20x70 cm opening was used. A single catch was made in a depth of 20 m with a large otter trawl in the eastern part of the Bay of Abukir. In general, the motor-launch of the Marine Laboratory "El Hoot" was used for dredging and a rowing boat in shallow water. All excursions were one-day trips. After the expedition, taxonomic identification of the samples was done by specialists. The results of this expedition were published in separate for each taxonomic group volumes. Thus, sampling methods were described in a preliminary report by A. Steuer. Decapod and Scizopod species were identified by H. Balss and Zimmer C. respectively

Study Extent A report on the decapoda collected near coast of Alexandria, in the year 1933.

Method step description:

  1. Adolf Steuer.Preliminary report.The Fishery Grounds Near Alexandria. Notes and Memories No 8.

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS. Publication: Digging for historical data on the occurrence of benthic macrofaunal species in the southeastern Mediterranean

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