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A database of marine larval fish assemblages in Australian temperate and subtropical waters


Smith, JA and Miskiewicz, AG and Beckley, LE and Everett, JD and Garcia, V and Gray, CA and Holliday, D and Jordan, AR and Keane, J and Lara-Lopez, A and Leis, JM and Matis, PA and Muhling, BA and Neira, F and Richardson, AJ and Smith, KA and Swadling, KM and Syuhailatua, A and Taylor, MD and van Ruth, PD and Ward, TM and Suthers, IM, A database of marine larval fish assemblages in Australian temperate and subtropical waters, Scientific Data, 5 Article 180207. ISSN 2052-4463 (2018) [Refereed Article]


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DOI: doi:10.1038/sdata.2018.207


Larval fishes are a useful metric of marine ecosystem state and change, as well as species-specific patterns in phenology. The high level of taxonomic expertise required to identify larval fishes to species level, and the considerable effort required to collect samples, make these data very valuable. Here we collate 3178 samples of larval fish assemblages, from 12 research projects from 1983-present, from temperate and subtropical Australian pelagic waters. This forms a benchmark for the larval fish assemblage for the region, and includes recent monitoring of larval fishes at coastal oceanographic reference stations. Comparing larval fishes among projects can be problematic due to differences in taxonomic resolution, and identifying all taxa to species is challenging, so this study reports a standard taxonomic resolution (of 218 taxa) for this region to help guide future research. This larval fish database serves as a data repository for surveys of larval fish assemblages in the region, and can contribute to analysis of climate-driven changes in the location and timing of the spawning of marine fishes.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:ichthyoplankton, larval fish, IMOS, database
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Keane, J (Dr John Keane)
UTAS Author:Lara-Lopez, A (Dr Ana Lara-Lopez)
UTAS Author:Leis, JM (Dr Jeff Leis)
UTAS Author:Swadling, KM (Associate Professor Kerrie Swadling)
UTAS Author:Ward, TM (Associate Professor Timothy Ward)
ID Code:128109
Year Published:2018
Web of Science® Times Cited:10
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2018-09-03
Last Modified:2021-09-30
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