Sampling event

Plankton community in Multinet (300µm), Tara Oceans cruise

Latest version published on 16 April 2021
This resource has not been registered with GBIF
Tara expeditions (2009-2013) 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, multinet trawls allowed to sample the vertical distribution of plankton; this is the content of this dataset. Using a 300µm mesh net, it cover organisms from 300µm to ~3cm.
Publication date:
16 April 2021
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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 285 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 

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 285 records in English (174 kB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (34 kB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (9 kB)


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GBIF Registration

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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
Manoela Brandao
Camille Merland
Emilia Trudnowska
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 [-62.323, -168.796], North East [79.35, 158.068]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Subkingdom  Harosa
Phylum  Mollusca,  Echinodermata,  Ctenophora,  Cnidaria,  Chaetognatha,  Annelida,  Foraminifera,  Bryozoa
Subphylum  Crustacea
Class  Scyphozoa,  Hydrozoa,  Ostracoda,  Cephalopoda,  Bivalvia,  Insecta,  Actinopterygii,  Acantharia,  Appendicularia,  Echinoidea,  Ophiuroidea,  Thaliacea
Subclass  Phaeodaria,  Eumalacostraca,  Copepoda
Order  Harpacticoida,  Calanoida,  Pteropoda,  Spumellaria,  Salpida,  Pyrosomatida,  Doliolida,  Actiniaria,  Siphonophorae,  Euphausiacea,  Mysida,  Amphipoda
Suborder  Gymnosomata,  Hyperiidea,  Physonectae
Infraorder  Achelata,  Brachyura
Family  Temoridae,  Rhincalanidae,  Pontellidae,  Metridinidae,  Tomopteridae,  Heterorhabdidae,  Phyllodocidae,  Euchaetidae,  Eucalanidae,  Centropagidae,  Candaciidae,  Calanidae,  Aetideidae,  Acartiidae,  Galatheidae,  Oithonidae,  Diphyidae,  Sapphirinidae,  Oncaeidae,  Corycaeidae,  Pyrocystaceae,  Abylidae,  Oxycephalidae,  Scinidae,  Fritillariidae,  Oikopleuridae,  Gammaridae,  Cliidae,  Cavoliniidae,  Limacinidae,  Creseidae,  Hippopodiidae,  Laomediidae,  Penaeidae,  Salpidae,  Sergestidae,  Squillidae
Tribe  Alciopini
Genus  Penilia,  Podon,  Evadne,  Diatoma,  Noctiluca,  Copilia,  Velella,  Coscinodiscus,  Diacavolinia,  Obelia,  Orbulina,  Aglaura,  Haloptilus,  Pseudocalanus,  Pleuromamma,  Scolecithricella,  Neoceratium,  Lubbockia,  Pterotrachea,  Atlanta,  Aegisthus
Species  Hyalocylis striata,  Abylopsis tetragona,  Calocalanus pavo,  Pontellina plumata,  Styliola subula,  Cavolinia inflexa,  Clio pyramidata,  Creseis virgula,  Creseis conica,  Creseis acicula,  Solmundella bitentaculata,  Rhopalonema velatum,  Diacria trispinosa,  Telodiacria quadridentata,  Cymbulia peronii,  Branchiostoma lanceolatum,  Agalma elegans,  Bassia bassensis,  Gaetanus curvicornis

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2010-03-12 / 2013-10-20

Additional Metadata

Maintenance Description periodic review of origin data
Alternative Identifiers