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Australian Institute of Marine Science - Surveys of Octocorals in the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and the Mermaid Reef National Marine Nature Reserve, Western Australia
Citation
Fabricius, K (2007). Australian Institute of Marine Science - Surveys of Octocorals in the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and the Mermaid Reef National Marine Nature Reserve, Western Australia.

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Description
Records of soft coral distributions and composition of coral reefs in the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and the Mermaid Reef National Marine Nature Reserve, Western Australia. more

Octocoral biodiversity was surveyed at eighteen sites across all three Rowley Shoals (Mermaid, Clerke and Imperieuse Reefs). At each site, transects commenced at ~20m depth and ascended gradually, finishing at ~5m depth over a horizontal distance of ~300m. All octocorals encountered were identified (so far as possible in the field), most were photographed and selected samples were taken of new observations for later taxonomic analysis. The data will be maintained by AIMS, while the WA Museum will hold the taxonomic specimens. Purpose This research was undertaken as a component of a major biodiversity survey of the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and the Mermaid Reef National Marine Nature Reserve. The survey was undertaken in response to management information needs and was aimed at collecting data that could directly inform management of the Rowley Shoals Marine Park and the Mermaid Reef National Marine Nature Reserve. The octocoral data has been used to produce a basic photo ID guide to facilitate analysis of benthic monitoring video tapes from the Rowley Shoals. Status completed: production of the data has been completed

Scope
Keywords:
Marine

Contributor
Australian Institute of Marine Science (AIMS), more

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Published in:
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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