This database contains all the captured specimens during several field trips organised by CRIOBE or participated since 2006 in the 5 archipelagoes of French Polynesia.
Each classified specimen is described using:
- its picture
- its scientific name (usually to the species level, rarely to the genus only)
- its capture date
- the GPS point and depth of capture
- its size
- its CO1 DNA sequence
- The database can be searched using several description criteria and also using a part of the CO1 DNA sequence.
- This dataabse allows an ontogenetic approach of specimens of approximately 150 species photographed from larvaes to adults!
This database is still work in progress. Presently two albums can be browsed: one from the Gambiers field trip in 2010 and the one from the project Fish Larvae Moorea BioCode from 2008 to 2010. The collection will be updated by six upcoming albums. Stay tuned!
Globally between 3000 and 4000 specimens were captured in more than 180 sites in French Polynesia will be classified in the French Polynesia Fish Barcoding database.
French Polynesia Fish Barcoding database is the result of an important team work collaboration from 3 institutions : (the CRIOBE, the Smithsonian Institution and the GUMP Station) and has been recognized by the French National Research Center through Benoît Espiau's work (CNRS Research Technician, manager of the database) to whom was awarded the Médaille de cristal CNRS 2016 for the quality and originality of his work (« la qualité et l’originalité de ses travaux ») which contributes to the progress of Knowledge, to the fame of CNRS and to the excellency of French Research (« contribuent à l’avancée des savoirs, au rayonnement du CNRS et à l’excellence de la Recherche française »).