Identifying copepod functional groups from species functional traits

Abstract : We gathered information on the functional traits of the most representative copepod species in the Mediterranean Sea. Our database includes 191 species described by 7 traits encompassing diverse ecological functions: minimal and maximal body length, trophic group, feeding type, spawning strategy, diel vertical migration and vertical habitat. Cluster analysis in the functional trait space revealed that Mediterranean copepods can be separated into groups with distinct ecological roles.
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Fabio Benedetti, Stéphane Gasparini, Sakina-Dorothée Ayata. Identifying copepod functional groups from species functional traits. Journal of Plankton Research, Oxford University Press (OUP), 2015, 38 (1), pp.159-166. ⟨10.1093/plankt/fbv096⟩. ⟨hal-01296657⟩



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