Data underlying publication: Battle for the mounds: niche competition between upside-down jellyfish and invasive seagrass

Smulders, Fee; Slikboer, Naomi; Christianen, Marjolijn J.A.; Vonk, Jan Arie


This dataset contains data collected from field experiments studying the use of bioturbation mound as a niche for invasive seagrass settlement and growth, as well as for competition between invasive seagrass and upside-down jellyfish in the Dutch Caribbean. The experimental data describes how many native, invasive and upside-down jellyfish individuals were counted within the in total 20 plots divided over three treatments (natural bioturbation mounds, artificial bioturbation mounds and control vegetated plots) and was collected on the island of Curacao in a 45 day experiment. The transect data describes how the number of invasive seagrass shoots and bioturbation mounds are distributed over a spatial invasion gradient, comparing transect points close to shore (shore) and in the direction towards the center of the bay (inward) and was collected on Bonaire.