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Abundance of Echinothrix diadema and its substrate coverage in the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve (Kenya) in September-October 1997
Citable as data publication
Van Hout T.; Daro N.; Laboratorium voor Ecologie en Systematiek; Vakgroep Biologie; Faculteit Wetenschappen. Vrije Universiteit Brussel: Belgium; (2016): Abundance of Echinothrix diadema and its substrate coverage in the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve (Kenya) in September-October 1997. http://dx.doi.org/10.14284/89
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Description
Absolute abundance of Echinothrix diadema in the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve in September-October 1997, together with percentages of substrate cover (seagrasses, algae, corals, sediment) at the different sampling locations. The data were digitized by VLIZ from the original report: Van Hout, T. (1998). Patterns of distribution of Echinothrix diadema (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) in the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve, Kenya. MSc Thesis. Vrije Universiteit Brussel: Brussel. 71 pp. more

The field studies were carried out in the inner reef lagoon of the Mombasa Marine National Park (MMNP) and the adjacent Mombasa Marine National Reserve (MMNR). Also the outer reef (only at the park’s side) was investigated for the presence of E. Diadema. During one month (29/9/97-24/10/97), surveys were made at low tide when the water reached a depth maximum 6 m, in the deep channel. Both locations (park and reserve) were subdivided in four different zones along the reef. A minimum of eight circle samples was laid in each zone, with a one-minute swimming distance (approximately 30 m) between them, using mask, snorkel and fins. Circle samples covering an area of 12.6 m^2 were laid. This was done by means of a 2-m line attached to a weight, which functioned respectively as radius and center of the circle. First the depth at the center of each circle sample was measured with a measuring tape and the time of each depth measurement was recorded on a plastic board, like all measurements. Within the circle samples the number of urchins of the species Echinothrix diadema were counted and the substrate cover was estimated. The topographic complexity of the reef was estimated using the rugosity measurement method (McClanahan T.R. & Shafir 1990).

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Benthos, Biology > Invertebrates
Keywords:
Marine, Coverage, Sea urchins, Substrates, Kenya, Echinoidea, Echinothrix diadema

Geographical coverage

Temporal coverage
30 September 1997 - 23 October 1997

Taxonomic coverage
Echinoidea [WoRMS]
Echinothrix diadema (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]

Parameters
% Coverage, % macro-algae coverage , % seagrass coverage, Count, Depth

Contributors
Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), moredata creator Vlaams Instituut voor de Zee (VLIZ), moredata manager
Vrije Universiteit Brussel; Faculteit Wetenschappen; Vakgroep Biologie; Laboratorium voor Ecologie en Systematiek (ECOL), moredata creator

Publication
Based on this dataset:
Van Hout, T. (1998). Patterns of distribution of Echinothrix diadema (Echinodermata: Echinoidea) in the Mombasa Marine National Park and Reserve, Kenya. MSc Thesis. Vrije Universiteit Brussel: Brussel. 71 pp., more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2013-11-19
Information last updated: 2016-03-23
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