Ann. Limnol. - Int. J. Lim.
Volume 54, 2018
|Number of page(s)||7|
|Published online||27 April 2018|
A trait database for Phytoplankton of temperate lakes
UMR Carrtel, INRA, Université de Savoie,
75 av. de Corzent − BP 511,
Thonon-les-Bains cedex, France
* Corresponding author: firstname.lastname@example.org
Accepted: 2 March 2018
Phytoplankton is a choice ecological indicator of lake ecological quality. Microalgae composing this biological compartment display a large diversity of morphological, physiological and ecological features, which are useful for understanding the interactions they have with other biotic and abiotic elements. Such kind of information together with classical Utermöhl phytoplankton analyses are useful for lake management and basic science. We present here a reference database of morphological (cell and colony sizes, biovolumes, mobility apparatus, colony formation), functional (functional groups of Reynolds, Padisak and Kruk, zooplankton edibility groups), physiological (trophic capacities) and ecological traits (Brettum index values) of more than 1200 taxa often observed in temperate lakes. This database, maintained since the 70’s until nowadays by the authors of this paper is now realized open access in Zenodo (https://zenodo.org; DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.1164834) and also as supplementary material on the journal website. The paper presents an overview of its content.
Key words: Biovolume / functional groups / microalgae / morphological traits / taxonomy
© EDP Sciences, 2018
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