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USGS 2001 Buck Island National Monument Cryptic Fish Survey
Entry ID: BuckIslandFish

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Abstract: Because cryptic fishes are difficult to accurately survey, they are undersampled components of coral reef habitats. Fifty-eight enclosed stations were sampled in shoreline, nearshore reef, lagoon, backreef, forereef, and bank/shelf habitats with an ichthyocide (rotenone) at Buck Island Reef National Monument, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands in July-August 2001. Our samples included 228 fish species ... View entire text

Purpose: The objectives of the study were to: (1) present a base-line inventory of cryptic reef and shoreline fishes inhabiting shallow-water habitats at Buck Island Reef National Monument; (2) compare fish distributions and relative abundance patterns among the sampled habitats; (3) compare the results of ichthyocide (rotenone) sampling with independently conducted underwater visual censuses (UVC); and (4) discuss misconceptions about rotenone and suggest guidelines for its use in marine habitats.

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Record Count 2609, Taxa Count: 224
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Geographic Coverage
Spatial coordinates   
  N: 17.8   S: 17.78   E: -64.61   W: -64.64
Min Depth: 0 Max Depth: 15.1

Data Set Citation
Dataset Originator/Creator: Smith-Vaniz, W.F., H.L. Jelks, and L.A. Rocha
Dataset Title: USGS 2001 Buck Island National Monument Cryptic Fish Survey
Dataset Release Date: 2010
Dataset Release Place: 7920 NW 71st Street, Gainesville, Florida 32653
Dataset Publisher: U.S. Geological Survey
Data Presentation Form: database
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Temporal Coverage
Start Date: 2001-07-18
Stop Date: 2001-08-22
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Quality ATTRIBUTE ACCURACY REPORT: Care was taken to insure quality control. Fishes collected with Rotenone were vouchered at Florida Museum of Natural History so identifications can be verified or altered as taxonomies are changed through time. The dataset only contains these vouchered specimens.

HORIZONTAL POSITIONAL ACCURACY REPORT: A handheld GPS and a field base map were used to locate sites. Distance to shore was based on GIS measurements. Latitude and longitude were converted to decimal degrees and rounded to five decimal places.
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Dataset ID: BuckIslandFish

Data Center Personnel
Phone: 303-887-6043
Email: Philip.Goldstein at
Distribution Format: Text
Fees: None
Phone: 352-264-3492
Fax: 352-378-4956
Email: hjelks at
Contact Address:
7920 NW 71st Street
City: Gainesville
Province or State: Florida
Postal Code: 32653
Country: USA
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Creation and Review Dates
DIF Creation Date: 2010-07-27
Last DIF Revision Date: 2017-08-24