Abundance of early stages of mesopelagic fish through the water column and diel patterns in the tropical and equatorial Atlantic


This file contains data on numerical abundance of early stages of fishes collected in April 2015 across the tropical and equatorial Atlantic. Eleven stations were sampled both day and night, from the oligotrophic region close to the Brazilian coast to the more productive region off the western African coast. Samples were obtained by means of a Multiple Opening/Closing Net and Environmental Sensing System (Wiebe et al., 1985), MOCNESS-1 m2 net, from 800 m to the surface, discriminating 8 layers of the water column. Samples were fixed on board and stored in 5% buffered formalin and seawater for later sorting and identification in the laboratory. These data were obtained within the project: "Migrants and Active Flux In the Atlantic Ocean, financed by the Spanish Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación CTM2012-39587-C04.

When specimens were damaged and identification could not be made with absolute certainty, a “?” was included in front of the species name.Specimens of Diaphus that could not be identified to species level, were ascribed to one of the two basic morphotypes described by Moser and Ahlstrom (1974): The slender morphotype, “Diaphus sp. SM” (slender body, small head, and persistent series of melanophores on the ventral tail), which develop a suborbital photophore as adults, and the deep morphotype, “Diaphus sp. DM” (with a thick body, bulbous head, and one melanophore on the ventral tail), that do not develop a suborbital photophore as adults.

DOI https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.928080
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1016/j.pocean.2017.12.005
Related Identifier https://doi.pangaea.de/10.1594/PANGAEA.927991
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.20351/29HE20150403
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1201/9780203500217
Related Identifier https://doi.org/10.1007/BF00397811
Metadata Access https://ws.pangaea.de/oai/provider?verb=GetRecord&metadataPrefix=datacite4&identifier=oai:pangaea.de:doi:10.1594/PANGAEA.928080
Creator Olivar, M Pilar; Contreras, Tabit; Hulley, P Alexander; López, Cristina; Tuset, Victor M; Castellón, Arturo
Publisher PANGAEA - Data Publisher for Earth & Environmental Science
Publication Year 2021
Funding Reference European Commission, 817806; Ministerio de Ciencia e Innovación, CTM2012 39587 C04
Rights Data access is restricted (moratorium, sensitive data, license constraints)
OpenAccess false
Language English
Resource Type Dataset
Format text/tab-separated-values
Size 22815 data points
Discipline Earth System Research
Spatial Coverage (-31.885W, -10.081S, -17.421E, 25.346N); Central Atlantic
Temporal Coverage Begin 2015-04-07T14:05:00Z
Temporal Coverage End 2015-04-28T02:34:00Z