Galaxy and Mass Assembly (GAMA): The GAMA galaxy group catalogue (G3Cv1)

A. S G Robotham*, P. Norberg, S. P. Driver, I. K. Baldry, S. P. Bamford, A. M. Hopkins, J. Liske, J. Loveday, A. Merson, J. A. Peacock, S. Brough, E. Cameron, C. J. Conselice, S. M. Croom, C. S. Frenk, M. Gunawardhana, D. T. Hill, D. H. Jones, L. S. Kelvin, K. KuijkenR. C. Nichol, H. R. Parkinson, K. A. Pimbblet, S. Phillipps, C. C. Popescu, M. Prescott, R. G. Sharp, W. J. Sutherland, E. N. Taylor, D. Thomas, R. J. Tuffs, E. van Kampen, D. Wijesinghe

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Using the complete Galaxy and Mass Assembly I (GAMA-I) survey covering ∼142deg2 torAB= 19.4, of which ∼47deg2 is torAB= 19.8, we create the GAMA-I galaxy group catalogue (G3Cv1), generated using a friends-of-friends (FoF) based grouping algorithm. Our algorithm has been tested extensively on one family of mock GAMA lightcones, constructed from Λ cold dark matterN-body simulations populated with semi-analytic galaxies. Recovered group properties are robust to the effects of interlopers and are median unbiased in the most important respects. G3Cv1 contains 14388 galaxy groups (with multiplicity ≥2), including 44186 galaxies out of a possible 110192 galaxies, implying ∼40 per cent of all galaxies are assigned to a group. The similarities of the mock group catalogues and G3Cv1 are multiple: global characteristics are in general well recovered. However, we do find a noticeable deficit in the number of high multiplicity groups in GAMA compared to the mocks. Additionally, despite exceptionally good local spatial completeness, G3Cv1 contains significantly fewer compact groups with five or more members, this effect becoming most evident for high multiplicity systems. These two differences are most likely due to limitations in the physics included of the current GAMA lightcone mock. Further studies using a variety of galaxy formation models are required to confirm their exact origin. The G3Cv1 catalogue will be made publicly available as and when the relevant GAMA redshifts are made available at

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2640-2668
Number of pages29
JournalMonthly Notices of the Royal Astronomical Society
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Dark matter
  • Galaxies: groups: general
  • Galaxies: haloes
  • Large-scale structure of Universe


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