Table 1

Ecological traits and the representing morphological traits of tadpole species used for calculating functional diversity

Ecological trait

Morphological trait

Type of data


feeding and ability of habitat use by shape of oral disc

mouth opened

binary

umbelliform

binary

suctorial

binary

generalised or small but with keratodonts

binary

reduced

binary

generalised

binary

feeding type (e.g. filterer, grazer, carnivore) represented by jaw sheaths shape

generalised

binary

keratinised, vertical bars

binary

poorly keratinised

binary

transformed in a three sporn-shaped papillae

binary

transformed in bow-net structure

binary

absent

binary

feeding type

number of keratodonts rows

continuous

habitat use (adaptations to water current)

number of papillae

continuous

relative oral disc width

continuous

relative tail muscle height

continuous

relative tail length

continuous

habitat use (use of the water column)

eye position

binary


Strauß et al. BMC Ecology 2010 10:12   doi:10.1186/1472-6785-10-12

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