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FishTraits Database

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2005
End Date
2008

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Emmanuel Frimpong, and Paul L. Angermeier, 200811, Fish Traits Database: USGS, http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1577/1548-8446-34.10.487.

Summary

The need for integrated and widely accessible sources of species traits data to facilitate studies of ecology, conservation, and management has motivated development of traits databases for various taxa. In spite of the increasing number of traits-based analyses of freshwater fishes in the United States, no consolidated database of traits of this group exists publicly, and much useful information on these species is documented only in obscure sources. The largely inaccessible and unconsolidated traits information makes large-scale analysis involving many fishes and/or traits particularly challenging. We have compiled a database of >100 traits for 809 (731 native and 78 nonnative) fish species found in freshwaters of the conterminous [...]

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FishTraits_14.3.xls 895 KB
FishTraits_AttributeDefinitions.pdf 95.63 KB

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Data were originally compiled as part of a project developing stream assessment fish metrics for the conterminous United States. Expansion of the data set to its current state was necessitated by the widespread need to conduct large-scale analyses of freshwater fishes to address other basic and applied issues such as understanding species-habitat relationships and community organization and developing fish management and conservation strategies for non-native fish invasions, climate change, habitat modifications, and extinctions and extirpations.

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  • National Fish Habitat Partnership

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