Data Set (knb-lter-mcr.13.15)

MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Water Column: Zooplankton Composition and Abundance

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Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.13.15 (in the knb Catalog System)

This data package contains zooplankton abundance and taxonomic composition measured at 5 stations on the north shore of Moorea, French Polynesia: Forereef, Backreef, Fringing Reef, Cooks Bay, and Oceanic (5 km due north) from 2005 to 2010. Day time measurements over the reef were taken with a 30 cm, 200 μm mesh plankton net equipped with a slow speed General Oceanics Model 2030 flow meter. Nets were swum horizontally by a diver 1 m above the bottom at Forereef, Backreef and Fringing Reef sites. Daytime sampling at the Oceanic and Cooks Bay sites consisted of 0-50 m, 0-100 or 0-30 m vertical tows with a 30 cm, 200 μm mesh plankton net equipped with a standard General Oceanics Model 2030 flow meter. Nighttime sampling and some daytime sampling was done at the Forereef, Backreef and Fringing Reef sites using automated plankton pumps equipped with flow meters and 200 μm internal nets (described in Alldredge and King, 2009). These pumps sampled 75 cm above the bottom for 1 to 1.5 hours beginning at 11 pm local time. Nocturnal zooplankton abundance was sensitive to lunar phase. On some sampling dates pump samples were taken at the same depth in duplicate, or at several different depths simultaneously. The zooplankton time series was terminated when it became clear that the variability in zooplankton abundance over just 50 cm difference in depth over the reef was greater than the variability seasonally or even day to night (Alldredge and King, 2009).

Alldredge AL and J M King 2009. Near-surface enrichment of zooplankton over a shallow back reef: Implications for coral reef planktivores. Coral Reefs 28:895-908. DOI: 10.1007/s00338-009-0534-4

Publication Date: 2012-03-15
Language: english
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Detailed Data Description and Download:
Water column zooplankton abundance per cubic meter
Water column zooplankton abundance expressed as number of animals per cubic meter for 23 common taxa, rare taxa, and eggs.
People and Organizations:
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Contact: Information Manager (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Organization Moorea Coral Reef LTER
Owner: Alldredge, Alice (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, Principal Investigator) [  email ]

Data Set Citation

How to cite this dataset: Alldredge, A of Moorea Coral Reef LTER. 2012. MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Water Column: Zooplankton Composition and Abundance. knb-lter-mcr.13.15

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Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
MCR LTER, Moorea Coral Reef, French Polynesia, Moorea
University of California Santa Barbara, California State University Northridge, NSF, Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Richard B. Gump South Pacific Research Station
Reef Zooplankton abundance, Zooplankton composition, Reef Zooplankton nighttime abundance, Fish larvae, Eggs
Zooplankton taxa and functional groups Crustacea Copepoda, Crustacea Isopoda, Crustacea Ostracoda, Crustacea Tanaidacea, Crustacea Decapoda, Crustacea Mysidacea, Crustacea Amphipoda, Crustacea larvae, Annelida Polychaetea, Cheatognatha, Appendicularia, Mollusca Gastropoda Heteropoda, Mollusca Gastropoda Pteropoda, Mollusca Gastropoda Veliger larvae, Cnidaria hydromedusae, Cnidaria siphonophore, Ctenophora, Chordata Cephalochordata Amphioxiformes
NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus Zooplankton
KNB Marine
Forereef, Backreef, Fringing Reef, Cooks Bay, Oceanic
LTER Core Research Area Populations
MCR Core Activity Time Series Program
MCR-LTER Working Group Population and Community Dynamics
Research Theme Reef Resistance and Resilience

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