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Accession: INV-GCEM-0501a2 Research Theme: Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology (Monitoring)
Contributors: Thomas Dale Bishop, Merryl Alber, Ken Helm, Monica Watkins, Laurel Berger-Bishop, Cristiano Salgado
Title: Mollusc population size distribution monitoring: Spring 2003 mid-marsh and creekbank infaunal and epifaunal mollusc size distributions based on collections from GCE marsh, monitoring sites 1-10
Abstract: This data set is the Spring 2003 report of infaunal and epifaunal mollusc species size distributions at the GCE-LTER marsh sites used for population monitoring. Infaunal and epifaunal molluscs were hand-collected from within quadrats of known area from mid-marsh and creekbank zones (n = 4 quadrats per zone) at all sites. The molluscs were returned to the lab, fixed in fomalin, transferred to and preserved in ethanol, measured and counted (count data is reported separately). Length of each measurable individual was determined using calipers or small etched rulers under a stereomicroscope. Species abundance and density data for these collections may be found in the GCE-LTER data set INV-GCEM-0501a1. Numbers of individuals of each species in the abundance data file may not correspond exactly to the numbers of individuals in the size data file because some individuals may not have been measureable.
DOI: 10.6073/pasta/80b9c3ab172034fcc2463ec1154a7455
Key Words: Aquatic Invertebrate Monitoring, community composition, creek bank, Detracia, distribution, epifauna, Gemma, Geukensia, Hydrobiidae, infauna, intertidal, length, Littoraria, Littorina, marshes, Melampus, mid-marsh, mollusks, monitoring, permanent plots, Polymesoda, size, species diversity, spring
LTER Core Area: Population Studies
Research Themes: Q2 - Domain Patterns, GCE3 Area2 - Patterns within the Domain, Aquatic Invertebrate Ecology
Study Period: 09-May-2003 to 16-May-2003
Study Sites:
GCE1 -- Eulonia, Georgia, USA
GCE2 -- Four Mile Island, Georgia, USA
GCE3 -- North Sapelo, Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA
GCE4 -- Meridian, Georgia, USA
GCE5 -- Folly River, Georgia, USA
GCE6 -- Dean Creek, Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA
GCE7 -- Carrs Island, Georgia, USA
GCE8 -- Alligator Creek, Georgia, USA
GCE9 -- Rockdedundy Island, Georgia, USA
GCE10 -- Hunt Camp, Sapelo Island, Georgia, USA
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Species References: Detracia floridana, Gemma gemma, Geukensia demissa, Hydrobiidae, Littoraria irrorata, Melampus bidentatus, Polymesoda caroliniana
Data References: INV-GCEM-0501a1 (corresponding mollusc abundance data set)
Project References: Invasive species, Marine invertebrate monitoring
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Data Table: INV-GCEM-0501a2 (Main data table for data set INV-GCEM-0501a2, 2233 records)

Access: Public (released 28-Jan-2006)

Metadata: Text (ESA FLED), XML (Ecological Metadata Language)

Data Formats: Spreadsheet (CSV) [196.57kb],  Text File [168.08kb],  Text Report [268.21kb],  MATLAB (GCE Toolbox) [1110.07kb],  MATLAB (Variables) [890.84kb]

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Column Name Units Type Description
1 Year YYYY integer Calendar year of observation
2 Month M integer Calendar month of observation
3 Day D integer Calendar day of observation
4 Site none integer GCE-LTER sampling site number
5 Zone none integer Marsh zone code (1=Creekbank, 2=Mid-marsh)
6 Plot none integer GCE-LTER permanent plot number
7 Location none string Geographic location code in the GCE Metadata Database for the sampling plot
8 Flag_Location none string QA/QC flags for Geographic location code in the GCE Metadata Database for the sampling plot (flagging criteria, where "x" is Location: manual)
9 Location_Notes none string Notes on location assignments and geographic accuracy
10 Longitude degrees floating-point Geographic longitude in decimal degrees
11 Flag_Longitude none string QA/QC flags for Geographic longitude in decimal degrees (flagging criteria, where "x" is Longitude: x<-180="I", x>180="I", manual)
12 Latitude degrees floating-point Geographic latitude in decimal degrees
13 Flag_Latitude none string QA/QC flags for Geographic latitude in decimal degrees (flagging criteria, where "x" is Latitude: x<-90="I", x>90="I", manual)
14 Species none string Latinized name of the mollusc species collected
15 Mollusc_Length mm floating-point Length of measurable individuals collected from each plot
16 Flag_Mollusc_Length none string QA/QC flags for Length of measurable individuals collected from each plot (flagging criteria, where "x" is Mollusc_Length: x<0.9="Q", x>103="Q")
17 Condition none integer Binary code to indicate shell condition of the individual specimen.
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Citation: Bishop, Thomas Dale. 2005. Mollusc population size distribution monitoring: Spring 2003 mid-marsh and creekbank infaunal and epifaunal mollusc size distributions based on collections from GCE marsh, monitoring sites 1-10. Georgia Coastal Ecosystems LTER Project, University of Georgia, Long Term Ecological Research Network. http://dx.doi.org/10.6073/pasta/80b9c3ab172034fcc2463ec1154a7455

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This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under grants OCE-9982133, OCE-0620959 and OCE-1237140. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in the material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.