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Biotic tropical seagrass seed dispersal by dugong and green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef

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Title
Biotic tropical seagrass seed dispersal by dugong and green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef
Type
Dataset
Date Record Created
2016-08-09
Date Record Modified
2017-10-23
Language
English
Coverage
Date Coverage
2014-09-01 to 2014-12-31
Time Period
Summer seagrass flowering season 2014
Geospatial Location
  • Cleveland Bay to Pioneer Bay, Queensland, Australia
Description
Descriptions
  1. Type: full

    Data is of tropical seagrass seeds found in dugong and/or green sea turtle faecal samples. Samples were collected from Cleveland Bay, Upstart Bay and Pioneer in the central Great Barrier Reef in 2014. Samples were kept in seawater from the site (not frozen) before being sieved in freshwater and scoped to find seagrass seeds. Seagrass seeds were stained in a Tetrazolium solution to determine viability. Data was recorded on the weight of faecal samples (wet and oven dried), number of seagrass seeds found and species, whether the seeds were viable after excretion and the number with split seed coats. Seagrass species found were Zostera muelleri (ZM), Halophila spp. (HO) (identification to genera only possible), Halophila decipiens (HD) and Halodule uninervis (HU)

    The full methodology is available in the Open Access publication from the Related Publications link below.

  2. Type: note

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

Related Publications
  1. Tol, Samantha J., Jarvis, Jessie C., York, Paul H., Grech, Alana, Congdon, Bradley C., and Coles, Robert G. (2017) Long distance biotic dispersal of tropical seagrass seeds by marine mega-herbivores. Scientific Reports, 7. pp. 1-8.
    Open Access
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People
Creators
  1. Owned by: Miss Samantha Tol , samantha.tol@my.jcu.edu.au , Centre for Tropical Water and Aquatic Ecosystem Research
Primary Contact
Miss Samantha Tol, samantha.tol@jcu.edu.au
Supervisors
  1. Dr Bradley Congdon , brad.congdon@jcu.edu.au
  2. Dr Robert Coles , rob.coles@jcu.edu.au
  3. Dr Paul York , paul.york@jcu.edu.au
  4. Ms Alana Grech , alana.grech@jcu.edu.au
Collaborators
  1. Dr Jessie Jarvis, University of North Carolina Wilmington, jarvisj@uncw.edu (external supervisor)
Subject
Fields of Research
  1. 060205 - Marine and Estuarine Ecology (incl. Marine Ichthyology) (060205)
Socio-Economic Objective
  1. 960802 - Coastal and Estuarine Flora, Fauna and Biodiversity (960802)
Keywords
  1. tropical seagrass seeds
  2. dugong
  3. green sea turtles
  4. biotic dispersal
Research Activity
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Research Themes
Tropical Ecosystems, Conservation and Climate Change
Rights
License
CC BY-NC: Attribution-Noncommercial 3.0 AU
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 researchdata@jcu.edu.au for assistance.
Type
open
Rights
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Data
Data Location
Online Locations
Attachments
  1. Tol_etal_2016_Mega-herbivore seagrass seed data.xlsx (Data File, Public)
  2. Tol_etal_2016_Mega-herbivore seagrass seed data.ods (Data File, Public)
Stored At
James Cook University, Cairns Campus Building E1, Room 0.16A
Citation
Cite:
Tol, S. (2016). Biotic tropical seagrass seed dispersal by dugong and green sea turtles in the Great Barrier Reef. James Cook University. [Data Files] http://dx.doi.org/10.4225/28/57ABBA449E639
Digital Object Identifier (DOI):
10.4225/28/57ABBA449E639