New dataset: The Bryozoa collection of the Italian National Antarctic Museum, with an updated checklist from Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea

Another data paper from the Italian National Antarctic Museum.
Cecchetto M, Lombardi C, Canese S, Cocito S, Kuklinski P, Mazzoli C, Schiaparelli S (2019) The Bryozoa collection of the Italian National Antarctic Museum, with an updated checklist from Terra Nova Bay, Ross Sea. ZooKeys 812: 1-22. https://doi.org/10.3897/zookeys.812.26964

You can read the paper here.

Alcyonidium sp. colony (MNA 2733) collected by SCUBA diving. Entire colony (1) and details (2) of the specimens after fixation in ethanol. Detail of the colony depicted in aquarium immediately after the collection (3).

This study provides taxonomic and distributional data of bryozoan species from the Ross Sea area, mainly around Terra Nova Bay, based on specimens curated at the Italian National Antarctic Museum (MNA, Section of Genoa). Bryozoan specimens were collected at 75 different sampling stations in the Ross Sea and in the Magellan Strait, in a bathymetric range of 18–711 meters, during 13 expeditions of the Italian National Antarctic Research Program (PNRA) conducted between 1988 and 2014. 

General map of Antarctica with the study areas highlighted (red boxes). Detailed maps of the sampling areas are provided in Figs 3–5 of the paper

The Italian National Antarctic Museum also creates 3D models of their collection, making the available to virtually anybody in the world. Four 3D-models of Antarctic bryozoans from the Ross Sea are also presented and will be released for research and educational purposes on the Museum website.

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