AIMS - GBR Nearshore Coral Diversity Surveys (OBIS Australia)
Entry ID: AIMS_REEF_GBR_corals

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Abstract: A number of Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS) research activities involve monitoring different aspects of coral reefs. Surveys of coral community structure, composition and diversity were carried out at nearshore reefs of the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. 466 sites on 96 reefs between Mackay and Cooktown (latitude 14-21 degrees South) were surveyed between 1994 and 1997 to a depth of 20m. The aim of the study was to characterise nearshore coral communities in this region. Hard corals were identified to species level and rated by relative abundance. 285 species from 69 genera are represented in this dataset. This data was collected by scuba divers and snorkelers.
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: -14.65   S: -20.82   E: 149.29   W: 145.1

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: TJ Done, LM DeVantier and E Turak
Dataset Title: GBR Nearshore Coral Diversity Surveys
Dataset Publisher: Australian Institute of Marine Science
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 1994-01-01
Stop Date: 1997-12-31
Quality Data is from published data and collections available in research centres;
taxonomic accuracy relies on these measures.
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Phone: +61 7 4753 4377
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Australian Institute of Marine Science
PMB No. 3
City: Townsville Qld.
Province or State: Queensland
Postal Code: 4810
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Distribution Format: OBIS Schema
Fees: None
Phone: +61 7 47534 419
Email: M.Wakeford at
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Australian Institute of Marine Science, PMB No.3
City: Townsville
Province or State: QLD
Postal Code: 4810
Country: Australia
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DeVantier, L.M., G. De'ath, T.J. Done and E. Turak. 1998. Ecological assessments of a complex natural system: a case study from the Great Barrier Reef. Ecological Applications 9: 480-496.

Devantier LM, De'ath G, Turak E, Done TJ, Fabricius KE (2006). Species richness and community structure of reef-building corals on the nearshore Great Barrier Reef. Coral Reefs (in press).
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2000-02-15
Last DIF Revision Date: 2009-01-09
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