Data from: Regional surveys of macrobenthic shelf invertebrate communities in Onslow Bay, North Carolina, U.S.A.
Tyler, Carrie L., University of Miami
Kowalewski, Michał, Florida Museum of Natural History
Published Mar 05, 2019 on Dryad.
Cite this dataset
Tyler, Carrie L.; Kowalewski, Michał (2019). Data from: Regional surveys of macrobenthic shelf invertebrate communities in Onslow Bay, North Carolina, U.S.A. [Dataset]. Dryad. https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.8gr12
Despite its importance for quantifying ecosystem responses to environmental and anthropogenic drivers, our understanding of spatial heterogeneity in marine communities remains inadequate. Studies in coastal marine benthic habitats are sparse, and predominantly target single higher taxonomic groups. Here we describe macrobenthic marine invertebrate community surveys from 52 localities in Onslow Bay (Beaufort, North Carolina, U.S.A.), over an extensive geographic area (~200 km2). The data consist of 11,467 individuals, 175 species, and 7 phyla. The data include species abundance data for each sample at all localities, and corresponding species lists and locality information. The metadata describe the sampling protocols and localities. The data provided here will facilitate examination of assemblage heterogeneity with regards to spatial and temporal patterns, and depth gradient analyses.
Metadata associated with localities, including water depth (m), GPS location (decimal degrees), collection dates, dredge equipment, and dredge duration.
Species names and associated numeric codes to be used with the abundance data.