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DISPERSE, a trait database to assess the dispersal potential of European aquatic macroinvertebrates

Rachel Stubbington
T. Datry
Maria Alp
Núria Bonada

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Dispersal is an essential process in population and community dynamics, but is difficult to measure in the field. In freshwater ecosystems, information on biological traits related to organisms' morphology, life history and behaviour provides useful dispersal proxies, but information remains scattered or unpublished for many taxa. We compiled information on multiple dispersal-related biological traits of European aquatic macroinvertebrates in a unique resource, the DISPERSE database. DISPERSE includes nine dispersal-related traits subdivided into 39 trait categories for 480 taxa, including Annelida, Mollusca, Platyhelminthes, and Arthropoda such as Crustacea and Insecta, generally at the genus level. Information within DISPERSE can be used to address fundamental research questions in metapopulation ecology, metacommunity ecology, macroecology and evolutionary ecology. Information on dispersal proxies can be applied to improve predictions of ecological responses to global change, and to inform improvements to biomonitoring, conservation and management strategies. The diverse sources used in DISPERSE complement existing trait databases by providing new information on dispersal traits, most of which would not otherwise be accessible to the scientific community.
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hal-03100918 , version 1 (28-08-2021)

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Romain Sarremejane, Núria Cid, Rachel Stubbington, T. Datry, Maria Alp, et al.. DISPERSE, a trait database to assess the dispersal potential of European aquatic macroinvertebrates. Scientific Data , 2020, 7 (1), pp.9/386. ⟨10.1038/s41597-020-00732-7⟩. ⟨hal-03100918⟩
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