Data Set (knb-lter-mcr.1.22)

MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Community Dynamics: Abundance and Species Richness of Fishes Associated with the Coral Porites rus 2000 thru 2011

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Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.1.22 (in the knb Catalog System)
Alternate Identifier: 10.6073/pasta/286f844cc890fbbd19f5adcbc689502d
Alternate Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.1

These data describe the species richness and abundance as part of MCR LTER's reef fish monitoring program to track long-term patterns in species abundance and diversity. This study began in 2000 in the lagoons off of the north shore of the island of Moorea, French Polynesia and the dataset is updated annually. The abundance and life history stage (adults, juveniles or recruits) of all taxa of fishes associated with selected colonies (5-16 colonies per site) of the mound forming coral Porites rus are recorded at seven reef sites located along the north shore of Moorea. These sites are characterized by differences in water depth, distance to the fore reef and the number and types of neighboring corals. Counts are performed by a pair of divers using SCUBA and include semi-cryptic species. The collection of these data was suspended following the last survey conducted in July 2011 due to the extremely low abundance of live P. rus at these locations.

Short Name: Porites rus
Publication Date: 2016-04-26
Language: english
Time Period:
Detailed Data Description and Download:
Site Species Richness
Total species richness data for fishes observed at seven MCR LTER sites on the north shore of Moorea, French Polynesia
Site Species Abundance
Mean abundance data per cubic meter of Porites rus surveyed for fishes observed within the Viapa'hu Lagoon on the north shore of Moorea, F.P. Means calculated using individual coral bommies as replicates.
People and Organizations:
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Contact: Information Manager (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Organization Moorea Coral Reef LTER
Owner: Brooks, Andrew (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Associated Investigator) [  email ]
Associate: Lape, Jennifer (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Field Technician)

Data Set Citation

How to cite this dataset: Brooks, A of Moorea Coral Reef LTER. 2016. MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Community Dynamics: Abundance and Species Richness of Fishes Associated with the Coral Porites rus 2000 thru 2011. knb-lter-mcr.1.22

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Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
LTER, MCR, Moorea Coral Reef
Institute, Organization, or Funding Agency California State University Northridge, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, NSF, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station, University of California Santa Barbara
MCR LTER Site Bali Hai, Cooks 0, Cooks 1, French Polynesia, Gump, Moorea, MRB Edge, MRB Lagoon, Pink Roof
KNB Community, Marine
NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus Abundance (organisms), Biodiversity, Coral Reef, Fishes, Species Richness, Tropical Fishes
LTER Core Research Area Populations
MCR Core Activity Time Series Program
MCR-LTER Working Group Population and Community Dynamics

Data Set Usage Rights

Data collected under the auspices of the MCR LTER are available to the public after primary publication, or at most two years after the completion of the study unless proprietary restrictions are warranted. Use of MCR LTER data is subject to acceptance of the following conditions:

  • 1. The user agrees to provide valid name and contact information prior to downloading online data. This information will be used to contact the user in case of changes to the data, and may also be used by data set authors and MCR LTER project administrators to document data usage.
  • 2. The user agrees to cite the data set author and MCR LTER in all publications in which the data are used, as per the instructions in the data documentation. If no specific instructions are provided in the data documentation, the user is requested to include the following statement: "Data sets were provided by the Moorea Coral Reef Ecosystem LTER, funded by the US National Science Foundation (OCE-0417412)."
  • 3. The user agrees to provide one copy of any manuscript based on MCR LTER data to the data set author prior to submitting it for publication.
  • 4. The user agrees to send two hard copies of any published manuscript based on MCR LTER data to the following address: Dr. Andrew J. Brooks Deputy Program Director, MCR LTER Marine Science Institute University of California Santa Barbara, CA 93106-6150 The user also agrees to send one electronic copy (pdf format) to the following e-mail address:
  • 5. Users are prohibited from selling or redistributing any data provided by MCR LTER without explicit prior permission.
  • 6. Users are encouraged to contact original investigators responsible for data. Where appropriate, researchers whose projects are integrally dependent on MCR LTER data are encouraged to consider collaboration and/or co-authorship with original investigators.
  • 7. Extensive efforts are made to ensure that online data are accurate and up to date, but the authors and the MCR LTER will not take responsibility for any errors that may exist in data provided online. Furthermore, the user assumes all responsibility for errors in analysis or judgment resulting from use of the data.
  • 8. Any violation of the terms of this agreement will result in immediate forfeiture of the data and loss of access privileges to other MCR LTER data sets.

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