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A species-level trait dataset of bats in Europe and beyond

1 University of Stirling
2 CESCO - Centre d'Ecologie et des Sciences de la COnservation
3 University of Bristol [Bristol]
4 NMNHS - National Museum of Natural History, Sofia, Bulgaria
5 DYNAFOR - Dynamiques et écologie des paysages agriforestiers
6 EBD - Estación Biológica de Doñana
7 UGR - Universidad de Granada = University of Granada
8 Dipartimento INFOCOM [Roma]
9 NTNU - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
10 USC - University of the Sunshine Coast
11 University of Naples Federico II = Università degli studi di Napoli Federico II
12 Auteur indépendant
13 ITU - IT University of Copenhagen
14 CIBIO - Centro de Investigação em Biodiversidade e Recursos Genéticos [Vairao]
15 CEFE - Centre d’Ecologie Fonctionnelle et Evolutive
16 LIST - Luxembourg Institute of Science and Technology
17 Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior
18 University of Konstanz
19 OFB - Office français de la biodiversité
20 NMBU - Norwegian University of Life Sciences
21 Vetmeduni - University of Veterinary Medicine [Vienna]
22 UWr - University of Wrocław [Poland]
23 Croatian Biospeleological Society
24 University of Glasgow
25 CIBERESP - Centro de Investigación Biomédica en Red de Epidemiología y Salud Pública = Consortium for Biomedical Research of Epidemiology and Public Health
26 EIO - Ecosystèmes Insulaires Océaniens (UMR 241)
27 Station de Biologie Marine de Concarneau
28 University of Southampton
29 School of Biological Sciences
30 Universidade do Porto = University of Porto
31 University of P. J. Safarik in Kosice
32 University of Malta [Malta]
33 IZW - Leibniz Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research
34 University of Exeter
Jasja Dekker
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Antton Alberdi
Daniela Hamidovic
Davina L Hill
Carlos Ibáñez
Peter Kaňuch
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Carmi Korine
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Grzegorz Lesiński
  • Function : Author
Julie Marmet
  • Function : Author
Vanessa A Mata
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Clare M Mifsud
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Victoria Nistreanu
Niamh Roche
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Ireneusz Ruczyński
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Abstract Knowledge of species’ functional traits is essential for understanding biodiversity patterns, predicting the impacts of global environmental changes, and assessing the efficiency of conservation measures. Bats are major components of mammalian diversity and occupy a variety of ecological niches and geographic distributions. However, an extensive compilation of their functional traits and ecological attributes is still missing. Here we present EuroBaTrait 1.0, the most comprehensive and up-to-date trait dataset covering 47 European bat species. The dataset includes data on 118 traits including genetic composition, physiology, morphology, acoustic signature, climatic associations, foraging habitat, roost type, diet, spatial behaviour, life history, pathogens, phenology, and distribution. We compiled the bat trait data obtained from three main sources: (i) a systematic literature and dataset search, (ii) unpublished data from European bat experts, and (iii) observations from large-scale monitoring programs. EuroBaTrait is designed to provide an important data source for comparative and trait-based analyses at the species or community level. The dataset also exposes knowledge gaps in species, geographic and trait coverage, highlighting priorities for future data collection.
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hal-04104758 , version 1 (24-05-2023)





Jérémy S P Froidevaux, Nia Toshkova, Luc Barbaro, Ana Benítez-López, Christian Kerbiriou, et al.. A species-level trait dataset of bats in Europe and beyond. Scientific Data , 2023, 10 (1), pp.253. ⟨10.1038/s41597-023-02157-4⟩. ⟨hal-04104758⟩
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