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Data from: The role of the reef flat in coral reef trophodynamics: past, present and future


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Data from: The role of the reef flat in coral reef trophodynamics: past, present and future
Date Record Created
Date Record Modified
Date Coverage
2004 to 2005
Time Period
21st Century
Geospatial Location
  • Great Barrier Reef
  1. Type: full

    This dataset consists of one MS Excel (.xlsx) file. This file contains the total abundance, biomass, biomass growth and productivity consumed data for surgeonfishes, rabbitfishes and parrotfishes used in the analysis.  All data is based on an area of 100 m-2. The data is based on 10-minute timed swim counts (transect length was approximately 117 m long) in the slope (at 12 m depth), crest (at 2-5 m), flat (2-5 m; approximately 20 m in from the crest) and back reef (along the reef margin) habitats on four mid-, and four outer-shelf reefs on the Great Barrier Reef, Australia. Full site descriptions may be found in Wismer et al. (2009).

    The data set also contains the width of each reef habitat (back, flat, crest and slope; in meters) used to standardize abundance, biomass, biomass growth and productivity consumed data between reef habitats. The relative widths of the reef zones were measured on satellite photographs (Google Earth) of ten haphazardly selected mid- and outer-shelf reefs from the central/northern Great Barrier Reef.

    The dataset also contains estimates of mean net flow velocity (cm per second) for the four different reef habitats (back, flat, crest, slope) across both mid- and outer-shelf reefs. Estimates were based on Fulton and Bellwood (2005) and Fulton et al. (2013).   

    Literature cited:

    Fulton, C.J. & Bellwood, D.R. (2005) Wave-induced water motion and the functional implications for coral reef fish assemblages. Limnology and Oceanography, 50, 255–264.

    Fulton, C.J., Binning, S.A., Wainwright, P.C., Bellwood, D.R., (2013) Wave-induced abiotic stress shapes phenotypic diversity in a coral reef fish across a geographical cline. Coral Reefs, 32, 685–689.

    Wismer, S., Hoey, A.S. & Bellwood, D.R. (2009) Cross-shelf benthic community structure on the Great Barrier Reef: relationships between macroalgal cover and herbivore biomass. Marine Ecology Progress Series, 376, 45–54.

  2. Type: note

    This dataset is available as a spreadsheet in MS Excel (.xlsx) and Open Document formats (.ods)

Related Publications
  1. Bellwood, David R., Tebbett, Sterling B., Bellwood, Orpha, Mihalitsis, Michalis, Morais, Renato A., Streit, Robert P., and Fulton, Christopher J. (2018) The role of the reef flat in coral reef trophodynamics: Past, present, and future. Ecology and Evolution, 8 (8). pp. 4108-4119.
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  1. Associated with: Prof David Bellwood , , ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, Marine Biology & Aquaculture, College of Science & Engineering
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Professor David Bellwood,
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Fields of Research
  1. 060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 960808 - Marine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960808)
  1. evolution
  2. herbivory
  3. hydrodynamics
  4. productivity
  5. reef fish
  6. sediment
  7. ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
People and Societies in the Tropics
CC BY 4.0: Attribution 4.0 International
License - Other
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Access Rights/Conditions
Open access. If the data is not freely accessible via the link provided, please contact the nominated data manager or for assistance.
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Data Location
Online Locations
  1. Data associated with Bellwood et al. 2018.xlsx (Storage Attachments, Public)
  2. Data_associated_with_Bellwood_et_al_2018.xlsx (Data File, Public)
  3. Data_associated_with_Bellwood_et_al_2018.ods (Data File, Public)
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Bellwood, D. (2018). Data from: The role of the reef flat in coral reef trophodynamics: past, present and future. James Cook University. (dataset).
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