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Rocky reef biodiversity survey: Punta Pardelas, Argentina
Bravo, G.; Livore, J.P.; Battini, N.; Gastaldi, M.; Lauretta, D.; Brogger, M.; Raffo, M.P.; Lagger, C.; Bigatti, G. (2021). Rocky reef biodiversity survey: Punta Pardelas, Argentina. Biodiversity Data Journal 9: e72081. https://dx.doi.org/10.3897/bdj.9.e72081
In: Biodiversity Data Journal. Pensoft Publishers: Sofia. ISSN 1314-2828, more
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Keyword
    Marine/Coastal
Author keywords
    sampling event, rocky reef, Southern Ocean, photoquadrats, biodiversity, scientific diving

Authors  Top 
  • Bravo, G.
  • Livore, J.P.
  • Battini, N.
  • Gastaldi, M.
  • Lauretta, D.
  • Brogger, M.
  • Raffo, M.P.
  • Lagger, C.
  • Bigatti, G.

Abstract
    Temperate rocky reefs in the SW Atlantic are productive areas that support highly diverse communities of invertebrates, algae and fishes. Rocky outcrops form complex structures which offer a diversity of microhabitats that lead to a great variety of co-existing species. Subtidal biodiversity within the Natural Protected Area Península Valdés is largely unexplored and studies are mainly limited to fish. A total of 560 high definition photoquadrats from seven rocky reefs (1-25 m depth) at Punta Pardelas were obtained during March 2019. In total, 4491 occurrences were recorded and identified to phyla (n = 2), superclasses (n = 1), classes (n = 5), subclasses (n = 2), orders (n = 2), families (n = 1), subfamilies (n = 1), genera (n = 10) and species (n = 43) levels. This dataset was developed to provide a baseline inventory of Punta Pardelas inside the Natural Protected Area, that was only partially reported more than 50 years ago. Such data represent the first step towards monitoring these less-accessible ecosystems.

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