This dataset is a work in progress and will be updated regularly.
From 1986 to 2006, Astrolabe Incorporated, led by Joan Koven, conducted mollusc collections from the North and Great Astrolabe Reef in Kadavu, Fiji. A total of 799 species were identified over collection period.
In 2008, Joan Koven donated the entire molluscan collection to the University of the South Pacific (USP) in Suva, Fiji, where it is currently housed in the USP Marine Collection at the School of Marine Studies.
This dataset is comprised of the specimens collected and identified by Astrolabe Incorporated.
Publication of this dataset was funded by the European Union (EU). We are also grateful to GBIF, BID and VertNet for their support in mobilising this dataset, and to the John and Dave Foundation for technical support.
The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 711 records.
This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.
The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.
How to cite
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Koven J, Brown K (2018): Molluscan specimens from the Astrolabe Reefs (Kadavu, Fiji), 1986-2006. v1.1. The University of the South Pacific - School of Marine Studies. Dataset/Occurrence. https://ipt.sprep.org/resource?r=molluscs_koven_astrolabe_reefs&v=1.1
Researchers should respect the following rights statement:
This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.
This resource has not been registered with GBIF
Occurrence; mollusc; Fiji; Specimen
- Metadata Provider ●
North and Great Astrolabe Reefs, Kadavu, Fiji.
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [-18.976, 178.371], North East [-18.683, 178.616]|
Records of specimens from the Phylum Mollusca.
|Family||Cardiidae, Chamidae, Gryphaeidae, Mytilidae, Ostreidae, Pectinidae, Placunidae, Pinnidae, Pteriidae, Spondylidae, Trapezidae|
|Start Date / End Date||1986-01-01 / 2006-01-01|
The tropical Indo-Pacific is recognized as the world’s most diverse marine environment, but its size and remoteness present challenges for documenting and studying biodiversity. This project will build on the protocols, tools and growing network of collaborators established by the Diversity of the Indo-Pacific Network and VertNet to mobilize biodiversity data and identify conservation priorities in Fiji, Vanuatu, the Solomon Islands, and New Caledonia.
|Title||Capacity building and data mobilization for conservation and decision-making in the South Pacific|
|Funding||The dataset was prepared and published with funding from the European Union via the Global Biodiversity Information Facility.|
The personnel involved in the project:
- Principal Investigator
SCUBA diving, snorkeling and beach walks. Not all the collected specimens had co-ordinates recorded and are labelled as 'unknown'.
|Study Extent||This dataset is comprised of the specimens collected and identified by Astrolabe Incorporated from 1986 to 2006. A majority of the specimens were collected from the Great Astrolabe Reef (GAR). The remaining specimens were collected from the North Astrolabe Reef (NAR).|
Method step description:
- Records were obtained from physical specimen labels and entered into the USP Marine Collection database. Taxonomy was verified from the World Register of Marine Species and GBIF.org
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