|Roger Williams University (RWU)
|Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI BCO-DMO)
|BCO-DMO Data Manager
Raw capture efficiency data of scyphomedusae from video analysis.
Medusae were video recorded with different prey assemblages. Video was analyzed by identifying encounters (defined as prey entering encounter zone occupied by tentacles) and recording the outcome of each encounter.
BCO-DMO Data Processing Notes:
-Combined multiple tables of data into one.
-"Cnidaria_species" column was added.
-"retention efficiency" and "size" columns were removed because they contained no data.
-"nd" added to blank cells.
(Comma Separated Values (.csv), 157.36 KB)
Primary data file for dataset ID 683750
|Species of Cnidaria analyzed on video
|Individual ID number
|Type of prey that was observed
|Video ID number
|Time interaction occurs in video; HH:MM:SS
|Encounters that show the prey item evaded contact through the feeding current produced by the medusae; Each X represents a tally mark and should be counted as a single occurance of this behavior.
|Encounters that resulted in being injested by the medusae (moved to the gastric pouches); Each X represents a tally mark and should be counted as a single occurance of this behavior.
|Encounters that resulted in the capture of individuals on the tentacles; Each X represents a tally mark and should be counted as a single occurance of this behavior.
|Encounters that resulted in the capture of individuals on the oral arms; Each X represents a tally mark and should be counted as a single occurance of this behavior.
|Encounters that resulted in an initial capture of the individual prey items escaping by breaking contact with the medusae; Each X represents a tally mark and should be counted as a single occurance of this behavior.
|All individuals that have some sort of interaction with the medusae weither through direct contact or through the feeding current.
|Prey individuals making contact with the medusae within the tentacles and the oral arms and being captured by the medusae.
|Dataset-specific Instrument Name
|Generic Instrument Name
Medusae were recorded on video and this was analyzed to produce the data
|Generic Instrument Description
All types of photographic equipment including stills, video, film and digital systems.
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