Plankton community in Bongo net (300µm), Tara Oceans cruise
Latest version published on 16 April 2021
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Tara expeditions sampled the world's oceans with standardized protocols, putting an exceptional effort into sampling plankton diversity across a large size range, using a combination of water samples and net tows. The efforts to explore the genomic diversity of plankton, through metabarcoding and metagenomics, have led to well publicized papers and have made the renown of Tara. While a similar extensive effort has been put on imaging, the datasets are not public yet. In a limited number of stations, in addition to the usual 5µm -> ~5cm Tara sampling strategy, Bongo net samples were taken during the day and during the night, at the same station; this is the content of this dataset. Using a 300µm mesh net, it cover organisms from 300µm to ~3cm more Bongo net (300µm mesh) hauled vertically from 500m depth to the surface, once during the day, and once during the night. Sample preserved in 4% buffered formalin and stored over the long term at the Centre de Collections Planctoniques de Villefranche (CCPv). Sample scanned on a ZooScan, images processed with ZooProcess and sorted taxonomically on EcoTaxa, within the Plateforme d'Imagerie Quantitative de Villefranche (PIQv). The PIQv and CCPv platforms are part of EMBRC-France, a national Research Infrastructure supported by ANR, under the reference ANR-10-INSB-02.

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Data Records

The data in this sampling event 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 202 records.

2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Event (core)
  • ExtendedMeasurementOrFact 
  • Occurrence 

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Plankton; Imaging; EcoTaxa; Samplingevent


Who created the resource:

Marc Picheral
Jean-Olivier Irisson
Amanda Elineau
Jean-Baptiste Romagnan
Fabien Lombard
Lars Stemmann
Gaby Gorsky
Laetitia Jalabert
Natalia Llopis Monferrer
Stéphane Pesant
Céline Dimier
Sarah Searson
Stefanie Kandels-Lewis

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Fabien Lombard

Who filled in the metadata:

Jean-Olivier Irisson
Geographic Coverage

See coordinates

Bounding Coordinates South West [-64.355, -168.348], North East [79.218, 174.86]
Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Subkingdom  Harosa
Phylum  Nemertea,  Cyanobacteria,  Mollusca,  Echinodermata,  Ctenophora,  Cnidaria,  Chaetognatha,  Annelida,  Foraminifera,  Bryozoa
Subphylum  Crustacea
Class  Scyphozoa,  Hydrozoa,  Ostracoda,  Cephalopoda,  Bivalvia,  Appendicularia,  Insecta,  Actinopterygii,  Acantharia,  Echinoidea,  Ophiuroidea,  Thaliacea
Subclass  Phaeodaria,  Eumalacostraca,  Copepoda
Superorder  Cladocera
Order  Monstrilloida,  Harpacticoida,  Calanoida,  Pteropoda,  Spumellaria,  Salpida,  Pyrosomatida,  Doliolida,  Actiniaria,  Siphonophorae,  Isopoda,  Cumacea,  Amphipoda,  Euphausiacea,  Mysida
Suborder  Gymnosomata,  Hyperiidea,  Physonectae
Infraorder  Achelata,  Brachyura
Family  Temoridae,  Rhincalanidae,  Pontellidae,  Metridinidae,  Tomopteridae,  Heterorhabdidae,  Euchaetidae,  Eucalanidae,  Phyllodocidae,  Centropagidae,  Candaciidae,  Calanidae,  Acartiidae,  Oithonidae,  Diphyidae,  Sapphirinidae,  Oncaeidae,  Corycaeidae,  Pyrocystaceae,  Abylidae,  Oxycephalidae,  Scinidae,  Phronimidae,  Fritillariidae,  Oikopleuridae,  Gammaridae,  Cliidae,  Cavoliniidae,  Limacinidae,  Creseidae,  Galatheidae,  Hippopodiidae,  Laomediidae,  Penaeidae,  Porcellanidae,  Porpitidae,  Salpidae,  Sergestidae,  Squillidae
Tribe  Alciopini
Genus  Penilia,  Podon,  Evadne,  Diatoma,  Noctiluca,  Copilia,  Lauderia,  Coscinodiscus,  Obelia,  Orbulina,  Aglaura,  Aetideus,  Haloptilus,  Neoceratium,  Lubbockia,  Arietellus,  Pterotrachea,  Atlanta
Species  Hyalocylis striata,  Abylopsis tetragona,  Calocalanus pavo,  Mecynocera clausi,  Pontellina plumata,  Diacavolinia angulata,  Bassia bassensis,  Styliola subula,  Katagnymene spiralis,  Isias clavipes,  Cavolinia inflexa,  Creseis virgula,  Creseis acicula,  Solmundella bitentaculata,  Rhopalonema velatum,  Diacria trispinosa,  Telodiacria quadridentata,  Cymbulia peronii,  Branchiostoma lanceolatum,  Agalma elegans
Temporal Coverage
Start Date / End Date 2009-09-07 / 2013-10-27
Additional Metadata
Maintenance Description periodic review of origin data
Alternative Identifiers