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Demersal fish assemblages on seamounts and other rugged features in the northeastern Caribbean

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2013-10-04
End Date
2015-04-30

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Quattrini, A.M., Demopoulos, A.W.J., Singer, R., Roa-Varon, A., and Chaytor, J.D., 2017, Demersal fish assemblages on seamounts and other rugged features in the northeastern Caribbean: U.S. Geological Survey data release, https://doi.org/10.5066/F7HQ3X4M.

Summary

Recent investigations of demersal fish communities in deep (less than 50 m) rugged habitats have considerably increased our knowledge of the factors that influence the assemblage structure of fishes across mesophotic to deep-sea depths. Although habitat types influence deepwater fish distribution, whether different rugged seafloor features provide functionally equivalent habitat for fishes is poorly understood. In the northeastern Caribbean, numerous rugged seafloor features (e.g., seamounts, banks, canyons) punctuate insular margins, and thus create a remarkable setting in which to examine demersal fish communities across various seafloor features. Also in this region, several water masses are vertically layered in the water column, [...]

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Quattrini_CaribFishAssemb_DataRelease_NA035.csv 439.68 KB
Quattrini_CaribFishAssemb_DataRelease_NA052.csv 4.56 MB
Quattrini_CaribFishAssemb_DataRelease_demersalfish.csv 256.38 KB
Quattrini_CaribFishAssemb_DataRelease_midwaterfish.csv 41.04 KB
Quattrini_SpeciesCounts_demersalfish.csv 270.02 KB
Quattrini_SpeciesCounts_midwaterfish.csv 46.45 KB
Quattrini_CaribFish_metadata.xml
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Data were obtained in order to assess the community structure of deep-sea fishes with relationship to water masses around seamounts. Data will help inform conservation and management decisions.

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