Plankton community in Bongo net (300µm), Tara Oceans cruise

Latest version published on Nov 17, 2020
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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.

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 110 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:

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

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 [-60.55, -168.348], North East [79.218, 174.86]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Subkingdom  Harosa
Phylum  Nemertea,  Mollusca,  Echinodermata,  Cnidaria,  Chaetognatha,  Annelida,  Foraminifera
Class  Scyphozoa,  Hydrozoa,  Cephalopoda,  Bivalvia,  Insecta,  Ostracoda,  Actinopterygii
Subclass  Phaeodaria,  Eumalacostraca,  Copepoda
Order  Spumellaria,  Salpida,  Pyrosomatida,  Doliolida,  Actiniaria,  Siphonophorae,  Isopoda,  Cumacea,  Amphipoda,  Monstrilloida,  Harpacticoida,  Calanoida
Suborder  Gymnosomata,  Hyperiidea
Family  Tomopteridae,  Phyllodocidae,  Fritillariidae,  Oikopleuridae,  Cliidae,  Cavoliniidae,  Limacinidae,  Creseidae,  Pyrocystaceae,  Temoridae,  Rhincalanidae,  Pontellidae,  Metridinidae,  Heterorhabdidae,  Euchaetidae,  Eucalanidae,  Centropagidae,  Candaciidae,  Calanidae,  Acartiidae,  Oithonidae,  Diphyidae,  Abylidae,  Sapphirinidae,  Oncaeidae,  Corycaeidae,  Oxycephalidae,  Scinidae,  Phronimidae
Genus  Ctenophora,  Neoceratium,  Lauderia,  Coscinodiscus,  Orbulina,  Noctiluca,  Obelia,  Aglaura,  Haloptilus,  Penilia,  Podon,  Evadne,  Copilia,  Atlanta,  Lubbockia
Species  Branchiostoma lanceolatum,  Creseis virgula,  Creseis acicula,  Hyalocylis striata,  Styliola subula,  Solmundella bitentaculata,  Rhopalonema velatum,  Calocalanus pavo,  Pontellina plumata,  Abylopsis tetragona,  Katagnymene spiralis

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2009-09-07 / 2013-10-27

Additional Metadata

Maintenance Description periodic review of origin data
Alternative Identifiers