Myctobase, a circumpolar database of mesopelagic fishes for new insights into deep pelagic prey fields - data

Evento de amostragem
Versão 1.0 published by SCAR - AntOBIS on jul 19, 2022 SCAR - AntOBIS
Publication date:
19 de Julho de 2022
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The global importance of mesopelagic fish is increasingly recognised, but they remain relatively poorly studied. This is particularly true in the Southern Ocean, where mesopelagic fishes are both key predators and prey, but where the remote environment makes sampling challenging. Despite this, multiple national Antarctic research programs have undertaken regional sampling of mesopelagic fish over several decades. However, data are dispersed, and sampling methodologies often differ precluding comparisons and limiting synthetic analyses. We identified potential data holders by compiling a metadata catalogue of existing survey data for Southern Ocean mesopelagic fishes. Data holders contributed 17,491 occurrence and 11,190 abundance records from 4780 net hauls from 72 different research cruises. Data span across 37 years from 1991 to 2019 and include trait-based information (length, weight, maturity). The final dataset underwent quality control processes and detailed metadata was provided for each sampling event. This dataset can be accessed through the Antarctic Biodiversity Portal. Myctobase will enhance research capacity by providing the broadscale baseline data necessary for observing and modelling mesopelagic fishes. The paper which this dataset refers to is available at The original dataset as submitted for the paper is also available on Zenodo at

This dataset is published by SCAR-AntOBIS under the license CC-BY 4.0. We would appreciate it if you could follow the guidelines from the SCAR and IPY Data Policies ( when using the data. If you have any questions regarding this dataset, please do not hesitate to contact us via the contact information provided in the metadata or via Issues with dataset can be reported at This dataset is part of the Belgian contribution to the EU-Lifewatch project funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO, contract n°FR/36/AN1/AntaBIS) .

Registros de Dados

Os dados deste recurso de evento de amostragem foram publicados como um Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), que é o formato padronizado para compartilhamento de dados de biodiversidade como um conjunto de uma ou mais tabelas de dados. A tabela de dados do núcleo contém 4.652 registros.

Também existem 2 tabelas de dados de extensão. Um registro de extensão fornece informações adicionais sobre um registro do núcleo. O número de registros em cada tabela de dados de extensão é ilustrado abaixo.

Event (core)

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.


A tabela abaixo mostra apenas versões de recursos que são publicamente acessíveis.

Como citar

Lembre-se, esta é uma versão antiga do dataset.  Pesquisadores deveriam citar esta obra da seguinte maneira:

Woods B, Trebilco R, Walters A, Hindell M, Duhamel G, Flores H, Moteki M, Pruvost P, Reiss C, Saunders R, Sutton C, Gan Y, Van de Putte A (2022): Myctobase, a circumpolar database of mesopelagic fishes for new insights into deep pelagic prey fields - data. v1.0. SCAR - AntOBIS. Dataset/Samplingevent.


Pesquisadores devem respeitar a seguinte declaração de direitos:

O editor e o detentor dos direitos deste trabalho é SCAR - AntOBIS. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

Este recurso foi registrado no GBIF e atribuído ao seguinte GBIF UUID: 2ecef267-0e17-4f3f-adf9-20b036e6167a.  SCAR - AntOBIS publica este recurso, e está registrado no GBIF como um publicador de dados aprovado por Ocean Biodiversity Information System.




Briannyn Woods
  • Provedor Dos Metadados
  • Originador
  • Ponto De Contato
University of Tasmania
Andrea Walters
  • Originador
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Mark Hindell
  • Originador
Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies, University of Tasmania
Guy Duhamel
  • Originador
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Hauke Flores
  • Originador
Alfred-Wegener-Institut Helmholtz-Zentrum für Polar und Meeresforschung (AWI)
Masato Moteki
  • Originador
Tokyo University of Marine Science and Technology, National Institute of Polar Science
Patrice Pruvost
  • Originador
Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle
Christian Reiss
  • Originador
Southwest Fisheries Science Center
Ryan Saunders
  • Originador
British Antarctic Survey
Caroline Sutton
  • Originador
Yi-Ming Gan
  • Provedor Dos Metadados
  • Originador
  • Ponto De Contato
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences
Anton Van de Putte
  • Originador
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences

Cobertura Geográfica

Scotia Sea, South Georgia and Shag Rocks, Antarctic Peninsula, Lazarev Sea, Kerguelen Plateau, Kerguelen Islands, Heard Island, East Antarctica, Macquarie Island, Indian Ocean

Coordenadas delimitadoras Sul Oeste [-70,335, 0], Norte Leste [-40,002, 96,15]

Cobertura Taxonômica

Nenhuma descrição disponível

Reino Animalia
Filo Chordata, Ctenophora
Class Actinopteri, Cephalopoda

Cobertura Temporal

Data Inicial / Data final 1991-01-13 / 2019-01-18

Dados Sobre o Projeto

The long-term aims of Myctobase are 1) to provide a single findable, standardised, and citable resource for multiple combined datasets; 2) to provide the baseline data upon which to measure the status and future trends of the mesopelagic fish assemblage; 3) to support further research such as investigating the patterns and biophysical drivers of diversity; and 4) to provide the broadscale spatiotemporal perspective necessary for the holistic management and conservation of the open-ocean pelagic ecosystem in the Southern Ocean.

Título Myctobase, a circumpolar database of mesopelagic fishes for new insights into deep pelagic prey fields
Financiamento This project is funded by the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO). Grant number: contract n°FR/36/AN1/AntaBIS

O pessoal envolvido no projeto:

Anton Van de Putte

Citações bibliográficas

  1. Woods, Briannyn, Trebilco, Rowan, Walters, Andrea, Hindell, Mark, Duhamel, Guy, Flores, Hauke, Moteki, Masato, Pruvost, Patrice, Reiss, Christian, Saunders, Ryan, Sutton, Caroline, & Van de Putte, Anton. (2021). Myctobase (1.1) [Data set]. Zenodo.
  2. Collins, Martin A.;Piatkowski, Uwe;Saunders, Ryan A. (2021) Distribution of mesopelagic fish in the Scotia Sea from RMT25 and pelagic trawls deployed from RRS James Clark Ross and RRS John Biscoe. Polar Data Centre, Natural Environment Research Council,UK Research & Innovation.
  3. Australian Antarctic Data Centre (2019). Fish and zooplankton from RMT-8 net hauls on the BROKE voyage. Occurrence dataset accessed via on 2022-05-09.
  4. Sutton, Caroline; Kloser, Rudy; Gershwin, Lisa. Micronekton in southern Australia and the Southern Ocean: A collation of the biomass, abundance, diversity and distribution data from CSIRO’s historical mesopelagic depth stratified net samples.. Hobart: CSIRO; 2018.
  5. Constable, A., Williams, D. and Lamb, T. (2018) Heard Island and McDonald Islands (HIMI) Marine Ecosystem, Ver. 1, Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Accessed: 2022-05-09
  6. Van de Putte, A. (2010) Fish catches from Rectangular Midwater Trawl - data collected from the BROKE-West voyage of the Aurora Australis, 2006, Ver. 1, Australian Antarctic Data Centre, Accessed: 2022-05-09
  7. Woods, B., Trebilco, R., Walters, A., Hindell, M., Duhamel, G., Flores, H., Moteki, M., Pruvost, P., Reiss, C., Saunders, R. A., Sutton, C., Yi-Ming Gan,& Van de Putte, A. (2022). Myctobase, a circumpolar database of mesopelagic fishes for new insights into deep pelagic prey fields. Scientific Data.

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