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Sci Data. 2016 Mar 29;3:160017. doi: 10.1038/sdata.2016.17.

The Coral Trait Database, a curated database of trait information for coral species from the global oceans.

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1
Department of Biological Sciences, Macquarie University, New South Wales 2109, Australia.
2
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University, Townsville 4811, Australia.
3
Center for Macroecology, Evolution &Climate, Natural History Museum of Denmark, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen DK-2100, Denmark.
4
Australian Institute of Marine Science, PMB #3, Townsville MC, Townsville 4810, Australia.
5
Department of Invertebrate Zoology, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian, Washington, District Of Columbia 20013, USA.
6
College of Marine and Environmental Sciences, James Cook University, Townsville 4811, Australia.
7
Marine Program, Wildlife Conservation Society, Bronx, New York 10460, USA.
8
University of Hawaii, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, School of Ocean and Earth Science and Technology, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744, USA.
9
Department of Biological Sciences and Tropical Marine Science Institute, National University of Singapore, Singapore 117543, Singapore.
10
School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland 4072, Australia.
11
Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, School of Biological Sciences, The University of Queensland, St Lucia, Queensland 4072, Australia.
12
Environmental Technologies, Coastal &Freshwater Group, The Cawthron Institute, Nelson 7010, New Zealand.
13
Institute of Marine Science, The University of Auckland, Auckland 1142, New Zealand.
14
Trace and Environmental DNA Laboratory, Department of Environment and Agriculture, Curtin University, Perth, Western Australia 6102, Australia.
15
Biodiversity and Geosciences Program, Queensland Museum Network, South Brisbane, Queensland 4101, Australia.
16
School of Life Sciences, The University of Warwick, Coventry CV4 7AL, UK.

Abstract

Trait-based approaches advance ecological and evolutionary research because traits provide a strong link to an organism's function and fitness. Trait-based research might lead to a deeper understanding of the functions of, and services provided by, ecosystems, thereby improving management, which is vital in the current era of rapid environmental change. Coral reef scientists have long collected trait data for corals; however, these are difficult to access and often under-utilized in addressing large-scale questions. We present the Coral Trait Database initiative that aims to bring together physiological, morphological, ecological, phylogenetic and biogeographic trait information into a single repository. The database houses species- and individual-level data from published field and experimental studies alongside contextual data that provide important framing for analyses. In this data descriptor, we release data for 56 traits for 1547 species, and present a collaborative platform on which other trait data are being actively federated. Our overall goal is for the Coral Trait Database to become an open-source, community-led data clearinghouse that accelerates coral reef research.

PMID:
27023900
PMCID:
PMC4810887
DOI:
10.1038/sdata.2016.17
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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