Australian Institute of Marine Science – Surveys of Octocoral communities, benthic cover and environmental factors on coral reefs of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
Entry ID: AIMS_Octocorals_PNG

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Summary
Abstract: All surveys were carried out by the principal researcher using Rapid Ecological Assessment.

On each reef 1-3 sites were surveyed with up to 5 transects (usually 200-300m long, 1-3m wide for 10-15 minutes) per site at pre-defined depths (1-3m, 3-8m, 8-13m, 13-18m and reef flat).

Species recorded: octocorals (soft corals, gorgonians, sea fans, sea whips, sea pens, leather corals, arborescent ... View entire text

Purpose: to survey the cover of the main benthic groups, richness and abundance of octocorals in the reefs of Papua New Guinea and related spatial and water quality gradients.

Additional information was collected during the surveys recording - site variables, visual estimates of abundance for other groups besides octocorlas, zooxanthellate richness. This data is not included in the dataset served to ... View entire text
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -9.31   S: -10.36   E: 150.95   W: 150.71

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: K. Fabricius
Dataset Title: Australian Institute of Marine Science – Surveys of Octocoral communities, benthic cover and environmental factors on coral reefs of Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea
Dataset Release Date: 2002
Dataset Release Place: Australia
Dataset Publisher: OBIS Australia
Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2002-11-25
Stop Date: 2002-12-04
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Data Center
Australian Institute of Marine Science, Australia Supplemental Info
Data Center URL: http://www.aims.gov.au/index.html

Data Center Personnel
Name: SCOTT BAINBRIDGE
Phone: +61 7 4753 4377
Email: adc at aims.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Institute of Marine Science
PMB No. 3
City: Townsville Qld.
Province or State: Queensland
Postal Code: 4810
Country: AUSTRALIA
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Personnel
Role: INVESTIGATOR
Phone: +61 7 4753 4412
Email: k.fabricius at aims.gov.au
Contact Address:
Australian Institute of Marine Science, PMB No.3
City: Townsville
Province or State: QLD
Postal Code: 4810
Country: Australia
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Publications/References
References:
Soft Corals and Sea Fans(2001) Fabricius and Alderslade
From published data and collections available in research centres.

Publications:
van Oppen MJH, Mieog JC, Sanchez C and Fabricius KE (2005) Diversity of algal endosymbionts (zooxanthellae) in octocorals from three oceans: the roles of geography and host relationships. Molecular Ecology 14: 2403-2417.
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-07-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2014-03-11
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