Molluscan specimens from the Astrolabe Reefs (Kadavu, Fiji), 1986-2006

Latest version published on Nov 7, 2019
This resource has not been registered with GBIF

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.

Data Records

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.

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Data as a DwC-A file download 711 records in English (44 KB) - Update frequency: continually
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Metadata as an RTF file download in English (9 KB)

Versions

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

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has not been registered with GBIF

Keywords

Occurrence; mollusc; Fiji; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Joan Koven
Founder
Astrolabe Incorporated US
Kelly Brown
Curator, USP Marine Collection
The University of the South Pacific Suva FJ +679 323 1811
https://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=4248

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Kelly Brown
Curator, USP Marine Collection
The University of the South Pacific Suva FJ +679 323 1811
https://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=4248

Who filled in the metadata:

Joan Koven
Founder
Astrolabe Incorporated US
Kelly Brown
Curator, USP Marine Collection
The University of the South Pacific Suva FJ +679 323 1811
https://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=4248

Who else was associated with the resource:

Curator
Kelly Brown
Curator
University of the South Pacific Suva FJ +679 323 1811
https://www.usp.ac.fj/index.php?id=4248
Programmer
Ainsof So’o
Systems Developer and Analyst
SPREP Apia WS
https://www.sprep.org

Geographic Coverage

North and Great Astrolabe Reefs, Kadavu, Fiji.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-18.976, 178.371], North East [-18.683, 178.616]

Taxonomic Coverage

Records of specimens from the Phylum Mollusca.

Family  Cardiidae,  Chamidae,  Gryphaeidae,  Mytilidae,  Ostreidae,  Pectinidae,  Placunidae,  Pinnidae,  Pteriidae,  Spondylidae,  Trapezidae

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1986-01-01 / 2006-01-01

Project Data

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
Identifier BID-PA2016-0002-REG
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
Joan Koven
Curator
Kelly Brown

Sampling Methods

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:

  1. 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

Additional Metadata

marine, harvested by iOBIS

Alternative Identifiers 7dc0d8a3-57da-4090-a959-69a0aad10285
https://nzobisipt.niwa.co.nz/resource?r=molluscs_koven_astrolabe_reefs