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ChEssBase: an online information system on biodiversity and biogeography of deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems
Entry ID: ChEssBase

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Abstract: ChEssBase is a dynamic relational database available online since early 2005. The aim of ChEssBase is to provide taxonomic, biological, ecological and distributional data for all species described from deep-water chemosynthetic ecosystems, as well as information on available samples, images, bibliography and information on the habitats. These habitats include hydrothermal vents, cold seeps, whale ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 72.0   S: -55.1   E: 179.7   W: -155.45

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Ramirez-Llodra, E., Freitga, K., Blanco, M. & Baker, C.
Dataset Title: ChEssBase: an online information system on biodiversity and biogeography of deep-sea chemosynthetic ecosystems
Dataset Release Date: 2005
Dataset Release Place: Southampton, UK
Dataset Publisher: University of Southampton, Southampton Oceanography Centre, School of Ocean and Earth Science; World Wide Web electronic publications
Version: Version 2
Data Presentation Form: SQL-server
Online Resource:
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1977-01-01
Stop Date: 2006-04-30
Data Resolution
Horizontal Resolution Range: 50 km - < 100 km or approximately .5 degree - < 1 degree
Vertical Resolution Range: < 1 meter
ISO Topic Category
SUBMARINE Ancillary Description
Access Constraints None.
Use Constraints Acknowledge the use of specific records from contributing databases in the form appearing in the 'Citation' field thereof (if any); and acknowledge the use of the OBIS facility.

For information purposes, email to the full citation of any publication made (printed or electronic) that cites OBIS or any constituent part.

Recognize the limitations of data in OBIS.

Also see SCAR-MarBIN data policy at
Data Set Progress
Data Center
International Ocean Biogeographic Information System Supplemental Info
Data Center URL:

Data Center Personnel
Phone: (732) 932-6555 x 565
Fax: (732) 932-8578
Email: evberghe at
Contact Address:
Institute of Marine and Coastal Sciences
Rutgers University
71 Dudley Road
City: New Brunswick
Province or State: NJ
Postal Code: 08901-8521
Country: USA
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Distribution Media: HTTP
Distribution Format: OBIS Schema
Fees: None
Phone: 34 93 2309544
Email: ezr at
Contact Address:
Institut de Ciències del Mar,
Psg. Marítim Barceloneta 37-49
City: Barcelona
Postal Code: 08003
Country: SPAIN
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Ramirez-Llodra, E., Freitga, K., Blanco, M. & Baker, C., 2005. ChEssBase: a central source of information for species from deep-water chemosynthetic ecosystems - fusion with the InterRidge biological database and integration with OBIS. InterRidge News 14: 32-33.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2005-11-25
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-23