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TETRA‐EU 1.0: A species‐level trophic metaweb of European tetrapods

Luigi Maiorano
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Alessandro Montemaggiori
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Gentile Francesco Ficetola
Wilfried Thuiller


Documenting potential interactions between species represents a major step towards understanding and predicting the spatial and temporal structure of multi‐trophic communities and their functioning. The metaweb concept summarizes the potential trophic (and non‐trophic) interactions in a given species pool. As such, it generalizes the regional species pool of community ecology by incorporating the potential relationships between species from different trophic levels along with their functional characteristics. However, although this concept is very attractive theoretically, it has rarely been used to understand the structure of an ecological network, mostly because of data availability. Here, we provide a continental‐scale, species‐level metaweb for all tetrapods (mammals, breeding birds, reptiles and amphibians) occurring in Europe and in the Northern Mediterranean basin. This metaweb is based on data extracted from the scientific literature, including published papers, books and grey literature.
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hal-02960103 , version 1 (07-10-2020)



Luigi Maiorano, Alessandro Montemaggiori, Gentile Francesco Ficetola, Louise O’connor, Wilfried Thuiller. TETRA‐EU 1.0: A species‐level trophic metaweb of European tetrapods. Global Ecology and Biogeography, 2020, 29 (9), pp.1452-1457. ⟨10.1111/geb.13138⟩. ⟨hal-02960103⟩
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