|Data Set General Information:|
||knb-lter-mcr.1039.6 (in the knb Catalog System)
These data describe the abundance of Acanthaster planci, Crown of Thorns Sea stars,
surveyed as part of MCR LTER's annual reef fish monitoring program. This study
began in 2005 and the dataset is updated annually. The abundances of A. planci observed on a five by
fifty meter transect are recorded by a diver using SCUBA.
Surveys are conducted between 0900 and 1600 hours (Moorea time) during late
July or early August each year. Four replicate transects are
surveyed in each of three habitats (forereef, backreef and fringing reef) at six locations, two on each of Moorea's three sides, on the forereef, six locations on the backreef (two on each of Moorea's three
sides for a total of 72 individual transects. Transects are permanently marked
using a series of small, stainless steel posts affixed to the reef. Transects on the
forereef are located at a depth of approximately 12m, those on the backreef are
located at a depth of approximately 1.5m and those on the fringing reef are located
at a depth of approximately 10m.
This monitoring program is consistent with the protocols adopted by the Global Coral
Reef Monitoring Network and the Australian Institute of Marine Science for use with
the Great Barrier Reef Long-term Monitoring Program.
These data from years 2005-2010 were published in:
Adam, T.C., R.J. Schmitt, S.J. Holbrook, A.J. Brooks, P.J. Edmunds, R.C. Carpenter and G. Bernardi.
2011. Herbivory, connectivity and ecosystem resilience: response of a coral reef to a large-scale
perturbation. PLoS One 6(8): e23717
|Detailed Data Description and Download:|
Abundance of Acanthaster planci from visual counts during fish survey transects
|People and Organizations:|
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||Information Manager (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [
||Moorea Coral Reef LTER
||Brooks, Andrew (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [
||Seydel, Keith (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Lead Field Technician)
||Bernardi, Giacomo (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Associate Investigator)
||Adam, Tom (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Post-Doctoral Scholar)
||Nielsen, Jessica (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Field Technician)
Data Set Citation
|How to cite this dataset:
Moorea Coral Reef LTER.
MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Long-term Population Dynamics of Acanthaster planci, ongoing since 2005.
Key Words and Terms
||Corallivores, Long-term Time Series
||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
||Acanthaster planci, Seastars, Starfish
|NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus
||Abundance (organisms), Coral Reef
|LTER Network Controlled Vocabulary
||abundance, aquatic invertebrates, community structure, corals, disturbance, population dynamics, surveys
|LTER Core Research Area
|MCR Core Activity
||Time Series Program
|MCR Research Theme
||Reef Resistance and Resilience
|MCR-LTER Working Group
||Population and Community Dynamics
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