Volume 35, Issue 6 p. 967-974
SPECIAL FEATURE: Data rescue – collection of precious and laborious in situ observed data

Quantitative records of habitat-forming seaweeds found in Japanese temperate and subtropical zones (fucoids and kelps)

Koichi Arita

Koichi Arita

Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

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Haruka Suzuki

Haruka Suzuki

Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

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Hiroya Yamano

Hiroya Yamano

Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

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Tohru Yabe

Tohru Yabe

Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

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Naoki H. Kumagai

Corresponding Author

Naoki H. Kumagai

Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, National Institute for Environmental Studies, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, Japan

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Naoki H. Kumagai, Center for Environmental Biology and Ecosystem Studies, National Institute for Environmental Studies, 16-2 Onogawa, Tsukuba, Ibaraki, 305-8506, Japan

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First published: 16 October 2020
Citations: 3

Funding information: Climate Change Adaptation Research Program of NIES, Japan; Environment Research and Technology Development Fund (S15) of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan; Ministry of the Environment

Abstract

This data paper introduces a data set of quantitative records, including biomass (wet and dry weight), cover, shoot density and shoot length, of habitat-forming seaweeds (temperate kelps and fucoids) collected at 400 sites (2,115 sampling points) of a warm-to-cold temperate zone of the Japanese coast from 1957 to 2013. The data set includes 8,885 occurrence records of 58 species, extracted from 64 literature sources, most of which were written in local language. The data set compiled the quantitative records of seaweeds at each study site, each year and each month; the geographical location; the vertical distribution and the scientific names. Furthermore, one supporting data set was added that included the name of the corresponding literature list. The data set was formatted as Darwin Core and its extension, “Sample-based Data.” Scientific names were updated to ones that are currently accepted based on Algaebase (http://www.algaebase.org). A comprehensive distribution (presence and absence) data set of Japanese habitat-forming seaweeds has been published (Kumagai et al., 2016, Ecological Research 31:759), which covers geographic distribution and the associated long-term changes in seaweeds found in Japanese temperate and subtropical zones. Here, this data set focuses more on changes in seaweed quantity according to season and depth. This rich data set can be used to analyze the seasonal, long-term changes and spatial differences in the biomass and community structure of habitat-forming seaweeds along the Japanese coast. These datasets are published under a Creative Commons attribution license CC-BY NC 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

The complete data set for this abstract published in the Data Paper section of the journal is available in electronic format in MetaCat in JaLTER at http://db.cger.nies.go.jp/JaLTER/metacat/metacat/ERDP-2020-07.1/jalter-en.

CONFLICT OF INTEREST

The authors declare no conflict of interest.