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Over 75 years of zooplankton data from Australia


Davies, C and Armstrong, A and Baird, M and Coman, F and Edgar, S and Gaughan, D and Greenwood, J and Gusmao, F and Henschke, N and Koslow, JA and Leterme, S and McKinnon, AD and Miller, M and Pausina, S and Palomino, J and Roennfeldt, R-L and Rothlisberg, P and Slotwinski, A and Strzelecki, J and Suthers, I and Swadling, KM and Talbot, S and Tonks, M and Tranter, D and Young, J and Richardson, A, Over 75 years of zooplankton data from Australia, Ecology, 95, (11) pp. 3229-3229. ISSN 0012-9658 (2014) [Letter or Note in Journal]


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Copyright 2014 by the Ecological Society of America

DOI: doi:10.1890/14-0697.1


Zooplankton are the key trophic link between primary producers and fish in pelagic ecosystems. Historically, there are few zooplankton time series in Australia, with no data sets longer than two years prior to 2008. Here we compile 98 676 abundance records of more than 1000 zooplankton taxa from unpublished research cruises, student projects, published literature, and the recent Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS). This data set covers the entire coastal and shelf region of Australia and dates back to 1938. Most records are for copepods, but there are also data for other taxa such as decapods, chaetognaths, thaliaceans, appendicularians, and cladocerans. Metadata are provided for each record, including dates, coordinates, and information on mesh size and sampling methods. To facilitate analysis across the multiple data sets, we have updated the species names according to the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) and converted units to abundance per cubic meter. These data will be valuable for studies of biodiversity, biogeography, impacts of climate change, and ecosystem health. We encourage researchers holding additional Australian zooplankton data to contact us and contribute their data to the data set so we can periodically publish updates.

Item Details

Item Type:Letter or Note in Journal
Keywords:biogeography, continuous plankton recorder, copepod, diversity, Integrated Marine Observing System (IMOS), plankton, species richness, zooplankton abundance,
Research Division:Biological Sciences
Research Group:Ecology
Research Field:Marine and estuarine ecology (incl. marine ichthyology)
Objective Division:Environmental Management
Objective Group:Management of Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
Objective Field:Biodiversity in Antarctic and Southern Ocean environments
UTAS Author:Swadling, KM (Associate Professor Kerrie Swadling)
ID Code:97039
Year Published:2014
Deposited By:CRC-Antarctic Climate & Ecosystems
Deposited On:2014-12-01
Last Modified:2015-06-10
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