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


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


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 (excl. invasive species ecology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Marine systems and management
Objective Field:Marine biodiversity
UTAS Author:Edgar, GJ (Professor Graham Edgar)
UTAS Author:Stuart-Smith, RD (Dr Rick Stuart-Smith)
ID Code:92298
Year Published:2014
Web of Science® Times Cited:126
Deposited By:Sustainable Marine Research Collaboration
Deposited On:2014-06-12
Last Modified:2017-11-01

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