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Systematic global assessment of reef fish communities by the Reef Life Survey program

Citation

Edgar, GJ and Stuart-Smith, RD, Systematic global assessment of reef fish communities by the Reef Life Survey program, Scientific Data, 1 Article 140007. ISSN 2052-4463 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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Copyright 2014 Nature Publishing Group

DOI: doi:10.1038/sdata.2014.7

Abstract

The assessment of patterns in macroecology, including those most relevant to global biodiversity conservation, has been hampered by a lack of quantitative data collected in a consistent manner over the global scale. Global analyses of speciesí abundance data typically rely on records aggregated from multiple studies where different sampling methods and varying levels of taxonomic and spatial resolution have been applied. Here we describe the Reef Life Survey (RLS) reef fish dataset, which contains 134,759 abundance records, of 2,367 fish taxa, from 1,879 sites in coral and rocky reefs distributed worldwide. Data were systematically collected using standardized methods, offering new opportunities to assess broad-scale spatial patterns in community structure. The development of such a large dataset was made possible through contributions of investigators associated with science and conservation agencies worldwide, and the assistance of a team of over 100 recreational SCUBA divers, who undertook training in scientific techniques for underwater surveys and voluntarily contributed skills, expertise and their time to data collection.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:community ecology, macroecology, biodiversity, conservation
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Community Ecology
Objective Division:Environment
Objective Group:Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Objective Field:Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity
Author:Edgar, GJ (Professor Graham Edgar)
Author:Stuart-Smith, RD (Dr Rick Stuart-Smith)
ID Code:92298
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:25
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-06-12
Last Modified:2017-11-01
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