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Hans G. Hansson

NEAT (North East Atlantic Taxa) a database for organisms of the North East Atlantic

Abstract: The aim of this project is to create and develop a database over described organisms in the North East Atlantic. Beside taxonomic information and distribution data, the database will be supplemented with some physiological and ecological information. The database is accessible via www-address -> Library & Databaseses -> NEAT (North East Atlantic Taxa) -> (pdf-files). A continuing production of a rather extensive handbook of the more common South Scandinavian Marine Invertebrates is going on beside this project.

During the first months of 1999, I also enlarged one of the NEAT files (Echinodermata) to cover all the coasts of Europe (including the deep sea areas off Europe), on behalf of the ERMS (European Register of Marine Species) project. This list is not finished, but - thanks to appreciated help from a few specialists - I guess it may be considered a rather good first draft of a European check-list. ERMS is sponsored by EU and is cooperating with URMO (Unesco Register of Marine Organisms), intended to cover all the oceans. It is also part of the Species 2000 project, intended to cover all environments of our globe.

MESS - Marina Evertebrater från Södra Skandinavien (Marine Invertebrates from South Scandinavia) - a teaching aid for students.

Abstract: The aim of this project is to compile a book about marine invertebrates in S Scandinavia. Each major taxon appearing in S Scandinavia is treated, but most emphasis is put into comparatively well known groups, which include macrofauna forms. Thus, e.g. cnidarians, polychaetes, molluscs, echinoderms, "higher" crustaceans, etc., are exemplified with the majority of regional species, while only a few representative genera and species have been chosen from groups like e.g. nematodes, gastrotrichs, plathelminths and harpacticoid copepods. Beside terminology, systematic and taxonomic information, local horizontal and vertical distribution, etc., the book is supplemented with some ecological information. Rather much effort is done in a field, which evidently not in late time has been much exploited within marine zoology, namely trying to find etymological explanations of most of the mentioned scientific names (including "micro-biographies" of persons involved in some of those names). Sorry, but the book is written in Swedish only. (However, you may reach an English Internet version - Biographical Etymology of Marine Organism Names - of several thousands of such thumbnail biographies of marine biology workers (collectors, botanists, zoologists, etc.) if you click on BEMON).

A prodromus ("running before") edition of this 'Sydskandinaviska marina flercelliga evertebrater', Miljövårdsrapport 1994:15, 205 + viii pp., Miljöenheten, Länsstyrelsen i Göteborgs och Bohus län arrived during 1994. A new edition - still far from finished, thus still prodromus, but including some 30% more information - was printed early 1998 by Länsstyrelsen i Västra Götalands län. An updated pdf version (Nov. 2009 - size 13 (14 as original MS Word document) Mb [326 pp + 25 index pages] - altogether 351 pp - last updated with author names of not only species and genus names, but also of mentioned higher taxon names) is found here, (and its small bibliography - not updated for several years - here). Beside information about taxa - full name including authorship and year of description, how they look, size, colour, depth distribution, Scandinavian distribution, habitat, etc., also much about the meaning of taxon names - and their pronunciation, may be found. In the beginning there are altogether 18 pages on i.a. Latin & Greek language in biology (including lists of common prefixes & suffixes, the Greek - and Russian - alphabeth - with pronunciation hints, diacritical marks in e.g. author names and what pronunciation change such a mark will do, etc.), a little about methodology (like tranquilizers, fixation, etc.), a brief physical description of the area covered (depths, salinities, fjord systems, etc.) and also some very useful web resources are mentioned - as are a few foraminiferans, algae, etc.

If you are interested in North European marine biology from e species perspective and understand a Scandinavian language, do not hesitate to look into it. It is likely more crammed with facts about methodology, nomenclature (including author names of almost all mentioned taxa), meaning of scientific names, maximal size, taxonomical similarites and differences between related species, their Scandinavian distribution, etc., and sometimes also a little about their general biology, than any similar work. The drawback may be that the author (me) may have a way of expressing himself using old fashioned expressions and words, so a young persom may have to learn some of these words / expressions (beside several words with a biological significance) to understand, but learning is good way of spending part of life. The intention has been to make it the most comprehensive existing work of this kind for the region. Certainly other works may have much more information on details of marine life in the area, but I think that this work can serve as a good introduction to marine natural history in Scandinavia, despite its lack of illustrations and other shortcomings.

This unillustrated book Hansson, Hans G. "Sydskandinaviska marina flercelliga evertebrater", utgåva 2, Miljöavdelningen, Västra Götaland, 1998:4, 294 + ix pp, ISSN: 1403-168X, is since long time out of press, so the only way to get it, is via the pdf file above, in a still newer edition).

Animal species # / family in Sweden

Abstract: Making a systematic skeleton of higher taxa - down to family level and then place the known number of Swedish (i.e. living in Sweden or along it's coastline) animal species per family. This list will presumably be published before May 2000 in collaboration with Prof. Ulf Gärdenfors @ Swedish Threatened Species Unit, SLU in Uppsala & Dr. Lars Hedström [retired - but active - entomologist at the Evolution Museum, Zoological Section] @ Uppsala Univ. (co-editors) & several other specialists from Scandinavia.

The projects above have been given low priority from the beginning of the 21:rst century, because of engagement in another project, viz:

The Swedish Taxonomy Initiative: some marine groups

Abstract: Producing illustrated keys to part of Swedish fauna, e.g. Echinodermata, Hemichordata, Xenoturbellida, Chaetognatha, Pantopoda, Tunicata, Cephalochordata, etc. Together with the very gifted biological illustrator Helena Samuelsson. Later also Polychaetes will be included (together with several other persons, e.g. Dr. Thomas Dahlgren, Dr. Arne Nygren, Prof. Fredrik Pleijel, Dr. Elin Sigvaldadottir, Dr. Andew Mackie and others).




I am also a member of: 1. The editorial board of the restarted Swedish popular biological science journal Fauna och Flora (Swedish only). 2. The national section for marine invertebrates of the invertebrate conservation committee of the Swedish Threatened Species Unit - working with IUCN (World Conservation Union) red lists (together with Susan Smith, [Chairman with long experience of marine monitoring], Coastal Water Laboratory, Fisheries Research Board, Göteborg, Dr. Jan Hendelberg, [former secretary - plathyhelmint specialist; deceased in August 2006], Zool. Inst., Göteborg Univ., Dr. Tomas Cedhagen (foraminiferologist), Biology Dept., Aarhus Univ., Denmark, Stefan Agrenius (soft bottom monitoring specialist), Kristineberg Marine Research Station, Tomas Lundälv (hard bottom researcher), TMBL & Dr. Hans Kautsky (Baltic fauna specialist), Dept. Systems Ecology, Stockholm Univ. Recently Dr. Anna Karlsson (nudibranch researcher) was employed to be responsible for marine parts of the Swedish Threatened Species Unit, and is thus also part of this section and is now secretary in the national section. Dr. Matz Berggren (crustacean taxonomist & ecologist), Kristineberg Marine Research Station, Dr. Kennet Lundin (platyhelminth specialist), the Natural History Museum, Göteborg, Dr. Arne Nygren, (polychaete specialist), Zool. Inst., Göteborg Univ. and Prof. Christoffer Schander (malacologist), earlier Zool. Inst., Göteborg Univ but now Institute of Fisheries and Marine Biology, Univ. of Bergen, Norway, are new members in 2003. Dr. Anders Warén (malacologist), Invertebrate Department, NHMS & Dr. Elin Sigvaldadottir (polychaete specialist), Invertebrate Department, NHMS,were also members earlier, but left the section after 2002 and 2007, because of several other duties.

is acting as a marine animal species specialist by Jordbruksverket (the Swedish State Agricultural Office),

and was also engaged as a specialist referee / contributor (concerning marine invertebrates and overarching invertebrate systematics) to the Swedish National Encyclopedia (Nationalencyklopedin).

However, the time for this has been restricted, because much of my working time I have had to spend with problems regarding the more or less technical part of my employment at TMBL, like:

1. TMBL:s institutional library

2. TMBL:s computers and computer network

3. postmaster & listmaster work at TMBL

4. several web site parts

5. a little (but enough) of the bureaucratic type of administration tasks

6. helping people and projects with species identification ...

7. some teaching on faunistical parts of courses at TMBL

8. a diversity of other small different tasks so sometimes it is easy to envy Candide, and wish to be able to have a bit more time for the garden. During the last years most of computer related work outside my own computer has been taken over by Dr. Lars-Ove Loo, because of my recent occupation with the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (see above).

See also Curriculum vitae.

A few other educational things in Swedish compiled by Hans G. Hansson:

Riktlinjer rörande uttal & ändelser av binomen (& andra latinska ord)

Livets diversitet - klassificering & nomenklatur - en kort historik av en lång utveckling

a corrected pdf file regarding a note in "Fauna och Flora" no. 3 2005 named Gnathophausia zoea - en "pungräka" ny för Skandinavien, which by mistake from the editors was placed in wrong family in the printed version.

and a small note about the invader Mnemiopsis in "Aquatic Invasions" 1(4), December 2006 (& a note - in Swedish - about the same species in "Fauna och Flora" April 2007).

There is no pdf file in my possession of an old note in Swedish about national taxon names, which was published in "Fauna och Flora" in 2002 (vol. 97 (3): 38-45), but I found the text (not the pictures and the picture texts) of this article "Nomenklatorisk naturhistoria - ett alternativ till nationella artnamn?" in my computer, so it follows here.

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 As you can see here, or here, I belong to a very ugly species compared to most marine counterparts.

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