Morphological and geographical traits of the British Odonata

Powney, Gary D.; Brooks, Stephen J.; Barwell, Louise J.; Bowles, Phil; Fitt, Robert N.L.; Pavitt, Alyson; Spriggs, Rebecca A.; Isaac, Nick J.B.. 2014 Morphological and geographical traits of the British Odonata. Biodiversity Data Journal, 2, e1041. 12, pp.

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Trait data are fundamental for many aspects of ecological research, particularly for modeling species response to environmental change. We synthesised information from the literature (mainly field guides) and direct measurements from museum specimens, providing a comprehensive dataset of 26 attributes, covering the 43 resident species of Odonata in Britain. Traits included in this database range from morphological traits (e.g. body length) to attributes based on the distribution of the species (e.g. climatic restriction). We measured 11 morphometric traits from five adult males and five adult females per species. Using digital callipers, these measurements were taken from dry museum specimens, all of which were wild caught individuals. Repeated measures were also taken to estimate measurement error. The trait data are stored in an online repository (, alongside R code designed to give an overview of the morphometric data, and to combine the morphometric data to the single value per trait per species data.

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Programmes: CEH Topics & Objectives 2009 - 2012 > Biodiversity > BD Topic 1 - Observations, Patterns, and Predictions for Biodiversity > BD - 1.2 - Data collection systems to record and assess changes ...
UKCEH and CEH Sections/Science Areas: Pywell
ISSN: 1314-2828
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Additional Keywords: Odonata, trait data, body size, distribution status, habitat preference, wing length, generation time
NORA Subject Terms: Ecology and Environment
Date made live: 10 Mar 2014 14:01 +0 (UTC)

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