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

Sampling event
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.

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.

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Plankton; Imaging; EcoTaxa; Samplingevent


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

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