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Australian Institute of Marine Science - Surveys of Octocoral communities, benthic cover and environmental factors on coral reefs of Torres Strait
Citation
Fabricius, K (1999). Australian Institute of Marine Science - Surveys of Octocoral communities, benthic cover and environmental factors on coral reefs of Torres Strait.

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Description
Records of soft coral distributions and composition of coral reefs of Torres Strait. more

All surveys were carried out by the principal researcher using Rapid Ecological Assessment. On each reef 1-3 sites were surveyed with up to 5 transects (usually 200-300m long, 1-3m wide for 10-15 minutes) per site at pre-defined depths (1-3m, 3-8m, 8-13m, 13-18m and reef flat). Species recorded: octocorals (soft corals, gorgonians, sea fans, sea whips, sea pens, leather corals, arborescent octocorals, blue coral, stoloniferans), black and wire coral. Note that species are mostly at generic level. Octocoral genera (in some cases species) were given a taxon abundance ranking (0=absent, 1=rare, 2=uncommon, 3=common, 4=abundant, 5=dominant). Site locations: Cumberland Passage, Dungeness, Tuesday Islet No. 4, Thursday, Warrior, Wednesday, Zuna. Additional information was collected during the surveys recording - site variables, visual estimates of abundance for other groups besides octocorlas, zooxanthellate richness. This data is not included in the dataset served to OBIS. Comparable data are held for the Great Barrier Reef, Hong Kong, Palau, Papua New Guinea, and Rowley Shoals (WA).

Scope
Keywords:
Marine

Contributor
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), more

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OBIS-Australia: Australian Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research
Metadatarecord created: 2013-01-21
Information last updated: 2013-01-21
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