Biodiversity data of the Banc D'Arguin National Park. Information for education, conservation and management.

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18 October 2023
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The Parc National du Banc d′Arguin (PNBA, comprising 12,000 km2 of which half are marine) is the largest marine protected area in western Africa, recognized for its unique universal value by the UNESCO’s Marine World Heritage Programme. It is a globally significant hotspot for blue carbon, as the third largest area of seagrass and the third largest carbon stock among these UNESCO sites. PNBA is also a Ramsar Wetland of international importance and a WWF “Gift to the Earth”, and is the most important habitat of the Western Atlantic for nesting birds and Palaearctic migratory waders. The PNBA’s extensive marine vegetation provides major shelter, feeding and/or breeding sites for a wide range of marine species, including seabirds, turtles, endangered elasmobranchs and many other species of conservation and/or commercial interest (adapted from https://doi.org/10.1016/j.gecco.2021.e01890)

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Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Serrao E, Earl C (2023). Biodiversity data of the Banc D'Arguin National Park. Information for education, conservation and management.. Version 2.1. OBIS Secretariat. Occurrence dataset. https://doi.org/10.25607/krhjji


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This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: e5c183ea-9aab-4fd1-a07b-3fbe18fcbe4c.  OBIS Secretariat publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Ocean Biodiversity Information System.




Ester Serrao
  • Originator
Universidade do Algarve
Chandra Earl
  • Metadata Provider
  • Processor
eDNA Scientific Officer
OBIS Secretariat
  • Point Of Contact

Geographic Coverage

Banc d'Arguin National Park

Bounding Coordinates South West [19.342, -16.752], North East [20.834, -15.963]

Taxonomic Coverage


Superclass Agnatha
Unranked Chondrichthyes, Osteichthyes

Sampling Methods

No Description available

Method step description:

  1. See Github Project and R Notebook for dataset construction methods

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Project Marafrica: a network monitoring, integrating and assessing marine biodiversity data along the west africa to understand, predict and mitigate climatic / oceanographic changes. Aga-Khan Foundation and FCT-Portugal and Project STM - Survi des Tortues Marines. MAVA Foundation and PRCM. 2023. Data Downloaded 2023-10-17. https://www.marafrica.net/pnba/

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Purpose These data were made accessible through UNESCO's eDNA Expeditions project to mobilize available marine species and occurrence datasets from World Heritage Sites.
Alternative Identifiers 10.25607/krhjji