MESMA - Catalogue of European seabed biotopes
This report by the MESMA project is a catalogue of European seabed biotopes. Existing information was compiled and analysed for the majority of European seabed biotopes as proposed and classified by the European Nature Information System (EUNIS). Building upon EUNIS the catalogue was greatly extended. The report focuses specifically on sub-littoral marine EUNIS habitat types defined as biotopes.
Special emphasis was given on the Mediterranean, Black Sea (Pontic), and deep-sea biotopes, for which little or no information was included in the original EUNIS database. In total, 67 biotopes at EUNIS level-4 were compiled, 27 new sub-biotopes were inserted and described, 16 of which at EUNIS level-5, and 11 more at EUNIS level-6 (EUNIS, 2002).
Biotope factsheets were formatted according to a standard layout, compiling all existing and/or readily available information on Biotope Name, Classification, Biotope Pictures, Biotope Distribution (map) and Links to available maps where available.