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  • This map of the macrobenthic communities of the Seine Bay and south-central English Channel is reproduced from the map (scale = 1:117000) by Franck Gentil and Louis Cabioch from the Roscoff Oceanological Observatory, entitled "Carte des peuplements macrobenthiques de la Baie de Seine et de la Manche centrale sud" (Map of the macrobenthic communities of the Seine Bay and south-central English Channel) published in 1997. The documents, at the origin of this data set, are the result of research works made on the macrobenthic communities of the Seine Bay, as part of a systematic survey of the English Channel benthos. To realise this survey, 436 samples were collected between 1971 and 1976 on board the Pluteus II, a CNRS oceanographic vessel run by the Roscoff Biological Station (CNRS = Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique / French National Centre for Scientific Research). This map was digitized in 2003, as part of the REBENT programme, i.e. the surveying network for the benthic fauna and flora. The original legend is transferred to the "ORIG_HAB" attribute data field. The harmonization with the EUNIS typology is in progress, as part of the REBENT and Interreg-MESH programmes.