Dataset: Jervis Bay Infauna Images


Geoscience Australia carried out marine surveys in Jervis Bay (NSW) in 2007, 2008 and 2009 (GA303, GA305, GA309, GA312) to map seabed bathymetry and characterise benthic environments through co-located sampling of surface sediments (for textural and biogeochemical analysis) and infauna, observation of benthic habitats using underwater towed video and stills photography, and measurement of ocean tides and wave-generated currents. Data and samples were acquired using the Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO) Research Vessel Kimbla. Bathymetric mapping, sampling and tide/wave measurement were concentrated in a 3x5 km survey grid (named Darling Road Grid, DRG) within the southern part of the Jervis Bay, incorporating the bay entrance. Additional sampling and stills photography plus bathymetric mapping along transits was undertaken at representative habitat types outside the DRG. This folder contains the images derived from benthic samples taken on the surveys GA0312, GA0315 and GA0309 aboard HMS Kimbla. These images formed the first point of reference in identifying subsequent specimens to save wear and tear on the specimens put aside as reference material. Four phylum folders exist within the main folder: Annelida, Crustacea, Echinodermata and Mollusca. The crustacea folder contains further folders, breaking the images into finer groupings. Images of taxa that do not fit in the four phylum folders are loose in the main folder. This dataset is a contribution to the CERF Marine Biodiversity Hub.

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