LifeWatchGreece in the 16th International Meiofauna Conference (IsIMCo)

The Greek Taxon Information System (GTIS), an initiative developed by the LifeWatchGreece Research Infrastructure, was presented to the 16th International Meiofauna Conference (IsIMCo) that was hosted by the Hellenic Centre for Marine Research in Heraklion, Crete, Greece during 3-8 July 2016.

The IsIMCo conference included 69 oral presentations and 94 posters presented by 133 authors from 33 countries. They covered a wide range of research fields, such as the response of meiobenthos to environmental changes, climate change and acidification, biodiversity and ecosystem function, phylogeny and biogeography, amongst many other “hot” topics.

The GTIS initiative has resumed efforts to compile a complete checklist of species reported from Greece. In the framework of GTIS, species occurrence data from Greece are initially extracted from different sources, including regional and Global Species Databases, monographs, and scientific literature, and are then validated by taxonomic specialists. The GTIS contribution at the conference focused on the preliminary checklists for meiobenthic marine taxa known to occur within the Greek Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).

The abstract of the poster is presented below.