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Biological Reference Collections ICM CSIC

Latest version published by Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) on Mar 2, 2018 Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC)

The Biological Reference Collections (CBR) are located at the Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) in Barcelona. They were created in 1981, thanks to the efforts of Jaume Rucabado, Domingo Lloris and Concepción Allué. However, its official opening for the consultation was not carried out up until March of 1982. They are catalogued by the Spanish Ministery of Culture from 1990 (C. Sanz-Pastor and F. de Piérola, 1990. - Museos y Colecciones de España). Research lines don't exist. The biological collections are an Unit of Service of the ICM for the cataloguing, the preservation and the study of the deposited marine organisms (fish, crustaceans, cephalopods and echinoderms). The access to the CBR is carried out after previous application to the curator and keeping in mind the work to carry out. This application can be made in person or by means of postal mail, e-mail, fax or telephone. It is also possible to be access to the preserved specimens previous application backed up by some scientific institution. In this supposition, the applicant will receive by mail or messenger the ordered material without postal costs. After the agreed time, the applicant will return the material paying himself the postal fees. Use restrictions: 1 -The type specimens are not sent and they can only be consulted in the facilities of the CBR. 2 - the borrowed material won't be subjected to destructive techniques (dissection, extraction of organs, etc.), for that supposition additional material exists. Only in special cases the extraction of some samples can be authorized, but always under previous application.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence 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 14,040 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Olivas González F J (2016): Biological Reference Collections ICM CSIC. v1.18. Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC). Dataset/Occurrence.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 1d743188-1e65-4d99-a814-fa3fd51f1490.  Institute of Marine Sciences (ICM-CSIC) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Spain.


Occurrence; Specimen; Fishes; decapods; cephalopods; equinoderms; null


Who created the resource:

Francisco Javier Olivas González
CBR-ICM (CSIC) Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49. E-08003 Barcelona Barcelona ES +34 93 230 95 00

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Francisco Javier Olivas González
CBR-ICM (CSIC) Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49. E-08003 Barcelona Barcelona ES +34 93 230 95 00

Who filled in the metadata:

Francisco Javier Olivas González
CBR-ICM (CSIC) Passeig Marítim de la Barceloneta, 37-49. E-08003 Barcelona Barcelona ES +34 93 230 95 00

Geographic Coverage

Fishes The specimens of the reference collection of Fish come mostly from the following geographical areas: • W Mediterranean (31%): Catalan and Iberian Mediterranean ... • SE Atlantic (28%): Angola, Valdivia Bank, Namibia ... • Central-E Atlantic (8%): Gulf of Guinea, Mauritania, Sahara, Senegal ... • Central-E Pacific (7%): California, Mexico ... • W Indian ocean (7%): Mozambique, Somalia ... Many specimens were collected from fishery research cruises (Atlor, Bathos, Benguela, CEEMEX, Marca, MEDITS, Mozambique, Sahara, Valdivia ...), but also from exchanges, doantions and diverse sampling procedures. Decapods The specimens of the Decapoda-General collection were mainly collected from the following geographical zones: • SE Atlantic Ocean (43 %): Angola, Namibia … • W Mediterranean Sea (36 %) • Central-E Pacific (10 %): Mexico … • Central-E Atlantic Ocean (7 %): Guinea … • And other zones of the Atlantic Ocean (France, Galicia; Newfoundland, Gulf of Mexico, Beagle Channel), the Indian Ocean (Mozambique) and the Antarctic Ocean. Most specimens of the Decapoda-General collection have been collected in oceanographic and fishery research cruises and coastal samplings: Africana, Bathos, Batimar, Benguela, CEEMEX, Marca, MEDITS, Namibia, Valdivia… Cephalopods The collection contains about 1,500 specimens. The two main areas of origin are the SE Atlantic Ocean (62%, Namibia, Valdivia Bank) and the W Mediterranean (33%). There are about 60 species from the SE Atlantic Ocean and about 40 species from the Mediterranean Sea. The main collecting cruises were: Atlor, Bathos, Benguela, MEDITS and Valdivia. Other taxa There are specimens of the phyllum Echinodermata from the deep Mediterranean Sea (up to 2,850 m), belonging to the classes Asteroidea, Echinoidea and Holothuroidea. Cumacean species, the majority of them are types (holotypes, paratypes, allotypes; there are types of 20 species. Their origin is varied: Antarctic Ocean-Shetland Islands, Gulf of Thailand, Pacific Ocean-New Caledonia, Persian Gulf, Atlantic Ocean, Mediterranean Sea.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

Phylum Arthropoda

Phylum  Arthropoda
Subphylum  Crustacea
Order  Amphipoda,  Euphausiacea,  Isopoda,  Lophogastrida,  Mysida,  Calanoida,  Scalpelliformes,  Decapoda,  Cumacea

Phylumm Mollusca

Phylum  Mollusca
Class  Cephalopoda,  Bivalvia
Order  Myopsida,  Octopoda,  Oegopsida,  Sepiida,  Spirulida,  Vampyromorpha,  Decapodiformes 
Family  Arcidae,  Cardiidae,  Glossidae,  Gryphaeidae,  Limidae,  Mactridae,  Pandoridae,  Pectinidae,  Pharidae,  Pinnidae,  Psammobiidae,  Veneridae,  Anomiidae,  Hiatellidae,  Mytilidae,  Noetiidae,  Nuculidae,  Ostreidae,  Tellinidae,  Solecurtidae,  Pteriidae,  Solenidae,  Nassariidae,  Donacidae,  Lucinidae,  Umbraculidae,  Corbulidae,  Buccinidae

Phylum Echinodermata

Phylum  Echinodermata
Class  Asteroidea,  Crinoidea,  Echinoidea,  Holothuroidea,  Ophiuroidea

Phylum Annelida

Phylum  Annelida
Class  Polychaeta
Order  Eunicida

Kingdom Chromista 

Kingdom  Chromista 
Phylum  Ciliophora 
Class  Oligotrichea
Order  Oligotrichida
Family  Tontoniidae

Phylum Chordata

Phylum  Chordata
Order  Acipenseriformes,  Anguiliformes,  Atheriniformes,  Batrachoidiformes,  Beloniformes,  Beryciformes,  Carcharhiniformes,  Cetomimiformes,  Chimaeriformes,  Clupeiformes,  Cypriniformes,  Dactylopteriformes,  Elopiformes,  Gadiformes,  Gasterosteiformes,  Gobiesociformes,  Heterodontiformes,  Hexanchiformes,  Lamniformes,  Lampridiformes,  Lophiiformes,  Mugiliformes,  Myctophiformes,  Myliobatiformes,  Myxiniformes,  Notacanthiformes,  Ophidiiformes,  Orectolobiformes,  Perciformes,  Petromyzoniformes,  Pleuronectiformes,  Rajiformes,  Salmoniformes,  Scorpaeniformes,  Siluriformes,  Squaliformes,  Squatiniformes,  Stomiiformes,  Syngnathiformes,  Tetraodontiformes,  Torpediniformes,  Zeiformes

Phylumm Mollusca

Phylum  Mollusca
Class  Gastropoda
Family  Architectonicidae,  Calliostomatidae,  Calyptraeidae,  Capulidae,  Cassidae,  Clathurellidae,  Columbellidae,  Costellaridae,  Dorididae,  Fasciolariidae,  Marginellidae,  Muricidae,  Naticidae,  Ovulidae,  Polyceridae,  Raphitomidae,  Scaphandridae,  Triviidae,  Trochidae,  Turritellidae,  Aporrhaidae,  Cancellariidae,  Marginellidae,  Ranellidae,  Fissurellidae

Phylumm Mollusca

Class  Polyplacophora
Family  Acanthochitonidae

Order Stomatopoda

Phylum  Arthropoda
Subphylum  Crustacea
Order  Stomatopoda
Family  Squillidae,  Hemisquillidae ,  Nannosquillidae,  Parasquillidae

Phylumm Nemertea

Phylum  Nemertea
Class  Anopla
Family  Lineidae

Subphylum Tonicata

Subphylum  Tunicata
Class  Ascidiacea
Order  Phlebobranchia
Family  Ascidiidae

Phylum Sipuncula

Phylum  Sipuncula
Class  Phascolosomatidea,  Sipunculidea

Temporal Coverage

Formation Period 1982-current

Collection Data

Collection Name General Collection
Collection Identifier
Specimen preservation methods Alcohol,  Formalin
Curatorial Units Between 27,000 and 29,000 specimen

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers doi:10.15470/qlqqdx