Data Set Citation:
When using this data, please cite the data package:
NCEAS and Melian C. 2010.
Caribbean Food Web in Space
knb.245.9 (https://knb.ecoinformatics.org:443/knb/metacat/knb.245.9/nceas)
General Information:
Title:Caribbean Food Web in Space
Identifier:knb.245
Abstract:
The Caribbean fish community data set contains the stomach contents of 5526 specimens of 212 species of reef and inshore fishes representing 60 families. Various families, general and species of fishes are groped into major feeding categories, based on their principal food habits as determined from the data.
Keywords:None:
  • Food web
  • Geographic data
  • Caribbean Fish
Publication Date:2010-06-21
Data Table, Image, and Other Data Details:
Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File
Data Table:CaribbeanFoodWebSpace_AllSpeciesCodeNumber.csv ( View Metadata | Download File download)
Data Table:CaribbeanFoodWebSpace_AllSpeciesCode.csv ( View Metadata | Download File download)
Data Table:CaribbeanFoodWebSpace_FishFamilyCode.csv ( View Metadata | Download File download)
Data Table:CaribbeanFoodWebSpace_FishNameHabitats.csv ( View Metadata | Download File download)
Data Table:CaribbeanFoodWebSpace_Main.csv ( View Metadata | Download File download)
Other Data:Randall-habits.pdf ( View Metadata | Download File download)
Other Data:Opitz1996 Caribbean coral reefs.pdf ( View Metadata | Download File download)

Involved Parties

Data Set Creators:
Organization:NCEAS
Individual: Carlos Melian
Organization:NCEAS
Email Address:
melian@nceas.ucsb.edu
Data Set Contacts:
Individual: Carlos Melian
Organization:NCEAS
Email Address:
melian@nceas.ucsb.edu
Associated Parties:
Individual: Carlos Melian
Metadata Providers:
Individual: Carlos Melian

Data Set Characteristics

Geographic Region:
Geographic Description:The Caribbean fish community here studied covers the geographic area of Puerto Rico-Virgin Islands. Data were obtained in an area over more than 1000 km^2 covering the US Virgin Islands of St. Thomas, St. John and St. Croix (200 km^2), the British Virgin Islands (343 km^2) and Puerto Rico (554 km^2). The fish species analyzed provide mainly from the study by Randall (1967) synthesized by Opitz (1996).
Bounding Coordinates:
West:  -64.7989  degrees
East:  -64.7989  degrees
North:  18.3347  degrees
South:  18.3347  degrees
Time Period:
Begin:
1958-11-01
End:
1965-10-01

Sampling, Processing and Quality Control Methods

Step by Step Procedures
Step 1:  
Description:

Methods used to collect the fish

The majority of the fishes taken for this food-habit study were collected in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico (a few were taken at other West Indian islands). Most were collected with a Hawaiian sling spear or a multi-prong spear. For additional information see (these two references are attached as pdf): Randall, J. E. (1967). Food habits of reef fishes of the west indies. Studies in Tropical Oceanography, 5:665-847. Opitz, S. (1996) Trophic Interactions in Caribbean Coral Reefs, International Center for Living Aquatic Resources Management Technical Reports (Int. Cent. Living Aquat. Resour. Manage., Makati City, Philippines), Vol. 43.

Data Set Usage Rights

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Access Control:
Auth System:knb
Order:allowFirst
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Metadata download: Ecological Metadata Language (EML) File