Australian Institute of Marine Science – Surveys of Octocorals in the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and the Mermaid Reef National Marine Nature Reserve, Western AustraliaEntry ID: AIMS_Octocorals_WA
Abstract: Octocoral biodiversity was surveyed at eighteen sites across all three Rowley Shoals (Mermaid, Clerke and Imperieuse Reefs). At each site, transects commenced at ~20m depth and ascended gradually, finishing at ~5m depth over a horizontal distance of ~300m. All octocorals encountered were identified (so far as possible in the field), most were photographed and selected samples were taken of new ... observations for later taxonomic analysis.
The data will be maintained by AIMS, while the WA Museum will hold the taxonomic specimens. Purpose This research was undertaken as a component of a major biodiversity survey of the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and the Mermaid Reef National Marine Nature Reserve. The survey was undertaken in response to management information needs and was aimed at collecting data that could directly inform management of the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and the Mermaid Reef National Marine Nature Reserve.
The octocoral data has been used to produce a basic photo ID guide to facilitate analysis of benthic monitoring video tapes from the Rowley Shoals. Status completed: production of the data has been completed
Total Distribution Records: 379
Total Number of Taxa: 14 families, 29 genera, 6 species
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Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: K. Fabricius
Dataset Title: Australian Institute of Marine Science – Surveys of Octocorals in the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and the Mermaid Reef National Marine Nature Reserve, Western Australia
Dataset Release Date: 2007
Dataset Release Place: Australia
Dataset Publisher: OBIS Australia
Start Date: 2007-12-02Stop Date: 2007-12-16
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Fabricius and Alderslade (2001), Soft Corals and Sea Fans, From published data and collections available in research centres.
Fabricius KE (2008), A brief photo guide to the shallow-water octocorals of the Rowley Shoals, Western Australia, 40 p.
Long S, Armstrong S, Fabricius KE, Field IC, Cook K, Colquhoun J and Huisman J (2008), Comparative marine biodiversity survey of the Rowley Shoals, 1-17 Dec 2007: metadata report, Government of Western Australia. Dept. of Environment and Conservation and Australian Institute of Marine Science, 14 p.
Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2009-07-16
Last DIF Revision Date: 2011-04-21