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6th of May 2015: Version 6.0 launched online

Version 6.0 of offers - among others - the following new/additional features:

Please note: we are currently reviewing the ecological parameters of fishes and working on the classification of Odonata. These data will be available soon.

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EI publication

March 2015: Publication on available

We have now published the work on summarsing our efforts of the past ten years in Ecological Indicators:

Schmidt-Kloiber, A. & Hering D. (2015): - an online tool that unifies, standardises and codifies more than 20,000 European freshwater organisms and their ecological preferences. Ecological Indicators.

21st February 2012: Phytoplankton traits launched online

The following ecological information is now available for phytoplankton: approximate size classes, morpho-functional groups according to Salmaso & Padisak, size class trophic scores and indicator values as well as morpho-functional trophic scores and indicator values. Please see » Experts and » Terms of use (citation) for the contributing experts and correct citation.

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Atlas of Central European Trichoptera Larvae

Trichoptera Atlas
The Atlas is a comprehensive update of the successful predecessor "Atlas of Austrian caddisfly larvae". It follows an innovative concept by supplementing the proven dichotomous key with a completely new synoptic key. The synoptic design arranges similar species within one page, thereby supporting identification by the simultaneous use of several morphological details.
The geographical framework has been greatly expanded by including all caddis thus far (2011) described in Austria, Germany and Switzerland. Due to the rich structure of the Central European species inventory and the text layout in both German and English this Atlas will be useful also far beyond the immediate geographical target area defined above.
Introductory chapters comprise information on life cycles, larval morphology, case construction, collecting and preservation. Additional sections deal with biology, ecology, habitats and an extensive index including flight periods and head capsule widths of last instar larvae. A bibliography, new tables on geographical distribution based on ecoregions, saprobic indices, functional feeding types and zonal distribution patterns earmark the new Atlas as an important reference work.
The book can be ordered for 128 Euro at » Erik Mauch Verlag.
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7th November 2011: Version 5.0 launched online

Version 5.0 of now offers the following new/additional features:
  1. Additionally to fish, macro-invertebrates and diatoms, this version also offers ecological information on macrophytes. Please see » Experts and » Terms of use (citation) for the contributing experts and correct citation.
  2. In close cooperation with » we have now also incorporated species that might be affected by climate change, including, fish, macro-invertebrates and macrophytes. This climate change parameter can be found within the ecological parameter sections.
  3. Queried ecological parameters can now be easily exported to csv-format by pressing the "Export"-button at the lower end of each query. This export function also includes the export of all references used. Details can be found in the » How to use the database section.
  4. For linking and comparing your own species list with the taxonomic backbone of we established a taxa validation tool (» Taxa Validation Tool (TVT)). It is available for fish, macro-invertebrates, macrophytes and diatoms.
    This tool can also be used to upload a species list, link it with the ecological parameters of interest and download the dataset again. This export function also includes the export of all references used.
    A short description how to use the TVT can be found in the » How to use the database section.
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Distribution Atlas of European Trichoptera (DAET)

DAET   BioFresh
The DAET project is organised by » Astrid Schmidt-Kloiber ( and » Peter J. Neu ( It is partly funded by » BioFresh. Within this project we want to collect as many (adult) Trichoptera distribution data from Europe as possible. We think that in times of increasing importance of biodiversity, we should also point the way regarding caddisflies and raise the public awareness of this important insect group. If we get a good coverage of Trichoptera data in Europe we will aim for an IUCN list of threatened species.
This enormous undertaking very much relies on the help and willingness to contribute of an extensive number of private working caddisfly experts from all over Europe. We therefore invite all persons out there working on Trichoptera to contribute. For more information, please visit the » DAET website.
We are grateful to those who have already submitted their records! THANK YOU!
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3rd December 2009: Version 4.0 launched online

The following innovations, improvements and changes were implemented into
  1. The macrophyte section of the website was established containing a complete European taxalist based on the EU funded REBECCA and WISER projects.
    » Macrophytes
    » Experts
    » Terms of use (citation)
  2. A new phytoplankton section was established containing a complete European taxalist based on the EU funded REBECCA and WISER projects.
    » Phytoplankton
    » Experts
    » Terms of use (citation)
  3. The fish section of the website was amended with a more comprehensive fish taxalist based on the EU funded WISER project.
    » Fish
    » Experts
    » Terms of use (citation)
  4. The Quick search function is now available for all five organism groups.
    » Quick search
  5. As a first result of the EU funded WISER project the Taxa Entry Tool (TET) was developed and implemented in the website. The TET serves to create standardised taxalists according to the taxonomy. It is available for fish, macro-invertebrates, macrophytes, diatoms and phytoplankton. A short description how to use the TET can be found in the » How to use the database section.
    » Taxa Entry Tool (TET)
    » How to use the database/How to use the TET
  6. Up to now the compilation of a complete list of references regarding the individual taxonomic groups and individual ecological parameters was somehow complicated and the list had to be generated from the individual query results (using the booklet-icon on the right side of each query result).
    To facilitate this compilation, the reference function of the website was essentially improved by establishing a reference-list-icon that can be found in the headline of each queried ecological parameter. This new option offers the possibility to summarise all references that have to be cited if you use the database and it also shows all references that were used to generate the ecological classifications.
    » How to use the database/How to find the correct references and citation
    » Terms of use (citation)
  7. Regarding the abbreviations used for the ecological classifications on the website: up to now it was only possible to see the detailed information of an abbreviation, if you used the mouse and explored the tooltip. In the current version a complete abbreviation table was added that also offers explanations, where available (this will be extended during the next months). The list can be sorted per organism group, per parameter, alphabetically and it is also possible to filter for all entries.
    In connection with this the coding systems used for the classifications of species within the different ecological parameters are explained and illustrated with examples.
    » Abbreviations
  8. A news section was added to the website. Here you will find the latest news about changes and improvements on
    » News
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New book series

Data presented on this website are released as the book series "Distribution and Ecological Preferences of European Freshwater Organisms", edited by A. Schmidt-Kloiber & D. Hering, which provides comprehensive information on distribution and ecological preferences of European freshwater organisms.

Order your personal copy via Pensoft Publishers Logo Pensoft
» Trichoptera, » Plecoptera, » Ephemeroptera.

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