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Research article - Peer-reviewed, 2021

Global data on earthworm abundance, biomass, diversity and corresponding environmental properties

Phillips, Helen R. P.; Bach, Elizabeth M.; Bartz, Marie L. C.; Bennett, Joanne M.; Beugnon, Remy; Briones, Maria J. I.; Brown, George G.; Ferlian, Olga; Gongalsky, Konstantin B.; Guerra, Carlos A.; Koenig-Ries, Birgitta; Krebs, Julia J.; Orgiazzi, Alberto; Ramirez, Kelly S.; Russell, David J.; Schwarz, Benjamin; Wall, Diana H.; Brose, Ulrich; Decaens, Thibaud; Lavelle, Patrick;
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Earthworms are an important soil taxon as ecosystem engineers, providing a variety of crucial ecosystem functions and services. Little is known about their diversity and distribution at large spatial scales, despite the availability of considerable amounts of local-scale data. Earthworm diversity data, obtained from the primary literature or provided directly by authors, were collated with information on site locations, including coordinates, habitat cover, and soil properties. Datasets were required, at a minimum, to include abundance or biomass of earthworms at a site. Where possible, site-level species lists were included, as well as the abundance and biomass of individual species and ecological groups. This global dataset contains 10,840 sites, with 184 species, from 60 countries and all continents except Antarctica. The data were obtained from 182 published articles, published between 1973 and 2017, and 17 unpublished datasets. Amalgamating data into a single global database will assist researchers in investigating and answering a wide variety of pressing questions, for example, jointly assessing aboveground and belowground biodiversity distributions and drivers of biodiversity change.

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Scientific Data
2021, volume: 8, number: 1, article number: 136

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Phillips, Helen R. P.
Saint Marys University - Canada
Phillips, Helen R. P.
Leipzig University
Bach, Elizabeth M.
Colorado State University
Bartz, Marie L. C.
Universidade de Coimbra
Bartz, Marie L. C.
Universidade Positivo
Bennett, Joanne M.
Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg
Bennett, Joanne M.
University of Canberra
Beugnon, Remy
Leipzig University
Briones, Maria J. I.
Universidade de Vigo
Brown, George G.
Empresa Brasileira de Pesquisa Agropecuaria (EMBRAPA)
Ferlian, Olga
Leipzig University
Gongalsky, Konstantin B.
Lomonosov Moscow State University
Gongalsky, Konstantin B.
Severtsov Institute of Ecology and Evolution
Guerra, Carlos A.
Martin Luther University Halle Wittenberg
Koenig-Ries, Birgitta
Friedrich Schiller University of Jena
Krebs, Julia J.
Leipzig University
Orgiazzi, Alberto
European Commission Joint Research Centre
Ramirez, Kelly S.
Netherlands Institute of Ecology (NIOO-KNAW)
Russell, David J.
Senckenberg Gesellschaft fur Naturforschung (SGN)
Schwarz, Benjamin
University of Freiburg
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