Welcome to the Arctic Traits Database!

This is a freely accessible online platform to facilitate exchange of biological trait information among researchers working in the field of Arctic benthic ecology.

The focus is set on benthic invertebrates from Arctic regions, and the currently 20 traits and 85 trait categories are chosen to reflect the morphology, life history, and behavior of species within these groups. Trait information per species is provided in text format (original literature source and quote provided) and in a ‘fuzzy coded’ mode (scores from 0 to 3). Taxon names are synchronized with the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS).

Trait information can be browsed online or downloaded in three different formats:

  1. Data in columns
  2. Darwin Core format
  3. As fuzzy coded trait matrix (for direct import in R or other appropriate software).

Do you have more questions, or want to share trait information? Get in touch: renate.degen[at]univie.ac.at

Reference & Terms of Use

The Arctic Traits platform was developed in the framework of the Arctic Traits Project funded by the Austrian Science Fund FWF (T801-B29) and is hosted at the University of Vienna.

Any use of data or information from the Arctic Traits platform has to be referenced as follows: