Checklist of coral species Great Astrolabe Reefs, Kadavu, Fiji (1988-1997)

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This checklist dataset was compiled by Astrolabe Incorporated to document coral species on the Great Astrolabe reefs in Kadavu, Fiji.

The authors intended that the checklist provide baseline species records for researchers at the now closed Dravuni Field Research Station that was operated by The University of the South Pacific. The checklist is available at the USP Library, on the online USP Library Aquatic Repository as a scanned document, and now on GBIF for access by a wider audience.

Data Records

The data in this checklist 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 196 records.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Koven J, Paulay G (2023): Checklist of coral species Great Astrolabe Reefs, Kadavu, Fiji (1988-1997). v1.1. The University of the South Pacific. Dataset/Checklist.


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The publisher and rights holder of this work is The University of the South Pacific. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 72745b05-9b98-4b28-9325-eeba19974345.  The University of the South Pacific publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.


Checklist; Great Astrolabe reef; Kadavu; Fiji; Derivedfromoccurrence


Joan Koven
  • Originator
Astrolabe Incorporated
4812V St NW
Washington DC
Gustav Paulay
  • Originator
Guam Marine Laboratory
University of Guam
Kelly Brown
  • Metadata Provider
  • Point Of Contact
USP Marine Collection
The University of the South Pacific

Geographic Coverage

The Great Astrolabe Reefs, Province of Kadavu, Fiji.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-19.311, 178.165], North East [-18.654, 178.759]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Order Scleractinia

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1988-01-01 / 1997-01-01

Project Data

This data is published as part of a BID funded project being delivered by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme. The project involves 21 participants from 14 Pacific Island Countries and Territories and is designed to increase capacity for data mobilization and use for decision making.

Title Strengthening Process for Invasive Species and Biodiversity Data Mobilisation
Identifier BID-PA2020-004-REG

The personnel involved in the project:

David Moverley
  • Point Of Contact
Bradley Myer
  • Point Of Contact

Sampling Methods

Photographs of coral were used to compile the checklist. Only specimens of the family Fungiidae were collected for comparison with specimens at the National Museum of Natural History of the Smithsonian Institution. Identification literature was used to determine species names. Photographs were taken on Nikonos camera using 15mm, 20mm, 28mm and 35mm lenses, with the addition of extension tubes on the 28mm and 35mm lenses in ratios of 1:3, 1:2 and 1:1.

Study Extent Coral from the Great Astrolabe reefs in the Province of Kadavu, Fiji are covered by this dataset. Records were compiled from photographs taken between the years 1988 and 1997.

Method step description:

  1. Coral species identification was made using the following references: (1) Veron, J. J., Pichon, M. M. (1976). Scleractinia of Eastern Australia. Parts 1 – 5. Australian Institute of Marine Sciences Monograph Series, Australia Government Publishing Service. (2) Hoeksena, B.W. (1989). Taxonomy, phylogeny and biogeography of mushroom corals (Scleractinia: Fungiidae), Zoologische Verhandelingen, 254(1), 1- 295. To compile this checklist dataset, taxonomic verification was carried out on OpenRefine using: Sistema de Información Sobre Biodiversidad de Colombia -SiB Colombia (2019). Biodiversity data quality Scripts in Open Refine (Version 1.0).

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Koven, J. F., Paulay, G. (1997). Checklist of coral species Great Astrolabe Reefs, Fiji. Technical Report Series number 97/6. Marine Studies, The University of the South Pacific, Suva, Fiji. ISSN 1018-2896.

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 72745b05-9b98-4b28-9325-eeba19974345