Data Set (knb-lter-mcr.5016.1)

MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Fish Counts versus Coral Diversity for Holbrook, et al. PLoS One 2015

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Data Set General Information:
Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.5016.1 (in the knb Catalog System)
Alternate Identifier: 10.6073/pasta/0745bc0e052daa76fe5383616855a74b
Alternate Identifier: knb-lter-mcr.5016

To test the impact of the regional species pool on the coral-fish diversity relationship, the same experiment was conducted in lagoons of Schumann Island in Kimbe Bay, Papua New Guinea (5°31’S, 150°5’E), Lizard Island on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia (14º 41’S, 145º 27’E), and Moorea in French Polynesia (17° 30’S, 149° 50’W). Divers counted individuals of all species observed on or interacting with 45 patch reefs were constructed using six abundant, co-occurring coral species that were major habitat providers for fish. Fish were allowed to naturally colonize over 8-12 months and the patch reefs were surveyed by scuba divers four times during the period. The species of corals used in the experiment were selected to include species that exhibit a broad range of structural morphologies and potential sensitivities to climate change and other environmental stressors.

These data support the manuscript: Holbrook, Sally J., Russel J. Schmitt, Vanessa Messmer, Andrew J. Brooks, Maya Srinivasan, Philip L. Munday and Geoffrey P. Jones, Reef Fishes in Biodiversity Hotspots are at Greatest Risk from Loss of Coral Species, accepted 2015, PLoS One.

Short Name: MCR JCU Coral Diversity
Publication Date: 2015-01-21
Language: english
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Fish abundances
Raw abundances of fishes observed across a gradient in coral biodiversity
People and Organizations:
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Contact: Information Manager (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Owner: Brooks, Andrew (Moorea Coral Reef LTER) [  email ]
Owner: Messmer, Vanessa (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies) [  email ]
Associate: Holbrook, Sally (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, associated)
Associate: Schmitt, Russell (Moorea Coral Reef LTER, associated)
Associate: Jones, Geoffrey (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, associated)
Associate: Munday, Philip (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, associated)
Associate: Srinivasan, Maya (ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, associated)

Data Set Citation

How to cite this dataset: Brooks, A and V. Messmer of Moorea Coral Reef LTER. 2015. MCR LTER: Coral Reef: Fish Counts versus Coral Diversity for Holbrook, et al. PLoS One 2015. knb-lter-mcr.5016.1 doi:10.6073/pasta/0745bc0e052daa76fe5383616855a74b

Key Words and Terms

By Thesaurus:
NBII Biocomplexity Thesaurus Climate
LTER Network Controlled Vocabulary biodiversity, coral reefs, habitats
MCR Research Theme Reef Resistance and Resilience

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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)."
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