Deep-Sea holothurians (Echinodermata, Holothuroidea) of the Colombian Southern Caribbean Sea

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Data includes holothurians reported in southern Colombian Caribbean, registered in images from towed camera systems and remote operated vehicles (ROVs).

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Puentes V, Dueñas L F, Borrrero G (2019): Deep-Sea holothurians (Echinodermata, Holothuroidea) of the Colombian Southern Caribbean Sea. v1.5. Anadarko Colombia Company. Dataset/Occurrence.


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Equinodermata; Holothuroidea; Sea cucumbers; Observation; ROV; towed camera; southern Colombian Caribbean; Observation; Occurrence; Observation


Who created the resource:

Vladimir Puentes
Asesor Ambiental Senior
Anadarko Colombia Company CO
Luisa Fernanda Dueñas
Assistant Professor
Universidad Nacional de Colombia, Sede Bogotá Bogotá CO
Giomar Borrrero
INVEMAR Calle 25 No. 2-55, Playa Salguero 470006 Santa Marta Magdalena

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Vladimir Puentes
Asesor Ambiental Senior
Anadarko Colombia Company Calle 113 No. 7-80 Piso 11 Bogota DC Bogota DC. CO 3124809323

Who filled in the metadata:

Vladimir Puentes
Asesor Ambiental Senio
Anadarko Colombia Company Calle 113 No. 7-80 Piso 11 Bogota DC Bogota DC CO

Who else was associated with the resource:

Vladimir Puentes

Geographic Coverage

Southwestern Colombian Caribbean, ultra-deep waters

Bounding Coordinates South West [9.341, -77.223], North East [10.358, -76.575]

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 2015-08-27 / 2017-11-30

Project Data

in the frame of the Oil & gas exploration, towed camera pictures and ROV transects were done, in which deep sea fauna was encountered and identified by national and international experts, contributing to new knowledge about deep sea fauna in the Colombian Caribbean

Title Contributions to Knowledge of Deep Sea Marine Life in Colombian Caribbean
Funding Anadarko Colombia Company
Study Area Description Colombian deep seafloor are basically soft muddy bottoms
Design Description 25 towed camera trasects of about 3 hours each, taking pictures every 20 seconds in 4 survey areas. ROV video surveys in a cross pattern from a central point around 80-100 meters north, south, east, west.

The personnel involved in the project:

Vladimir Puentes
Luisa Fernanda Dueñas

Sampling Methods

Survey areas of interest were assessed using 25 towed camera transects. These transects registered seafloor features, during 3-hour surveys, taking still images every 20 seconds. Benthic and pelagic megafauna specimens were recorded in the images.

Study Extent Southern Colombian Caribbean
Quality Control Videos were analysed twice for the presence of cnidarians by two different experts. This methodology allowed us to ensure all cnidarians were registered. Still images and pictures of towed camera were analysed twice by the same expert, who did preliminary identification to phylum and class. All sea cucumber images were then identified to the lowest possible. When in doubt about the identification, additional experts were contacted and the images were sent to them in jpg format for towed camera photographs, and as a snapshot (also in jpg format) for ROV videos.

Method step description:

  1. ROV surveys: a total of 48 video transects (duration: 9 h 9 min 26 sec) were used, looking for benthic and pelagic sea cucumbers. Snapshots were taken for each sea cucumber, registered coordinates and depth and identified them to the lowest possible taxonomic level. Towed camera images: A total of 5,066 photographs, looking for benthic and pelagic sea cucumbers were analyzed. For each sea cucumber, coordinates and depth were registered and identified to the lowest possible taxonomic level.

Collection Data

Collection Name No aplica
Collection Identifier No aplica
Parent Collection Identifier No aplica
Specimen preservation methods Other
Curatorial Units Count 1 +/- 25 individuo

Additional Metadata

Purpose Identify deep sea organisms of the southern Colombian Caribbean
Maintenance Description no mainteinance needed
Alternative Identifiers 10.15472/syq8ir