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Photodocumentation of Antarctic Peninsula Lichens
Casanovas, P.; Lynch H.J.; Naveen, R. and Fagan, W.F. Understanding lichen diversity on the Antarctic Peninsula using parataxonomic units as a surrogate for species richness. In Review in Ecology.
Contact: Casanovas, Paula
Availability: This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
As part of the Antarctic Site Inventory (e.g. Lynch et al. 2012, Naveen and Lynch 2011), we have developed a database and gathered photographic information on lichen richness for sites that are frequently visited by tourists on the Antarctic Peninsula. more
Lichens are the dominant macrophytes of terrestrial Antarctica and, as such, play a fundamental part of the ice-free terrestrial ecosystem. Many distinct ice-free terrestrial habitats in the Antarctic are not represented in the current network of Antarctic protected areas. However, it is difficult to identify appropriate areas for conservation because comprehensive data on distributional patterns of Antarctic flora are not available, and existing data for most Antarctic lichen species are not compiled. Consequently, cost-effective survey methods and surrogates for the prediction of species richness are needed to accelerate assessments of local biodiversity and help select areas for conservation. A combination of a photographic “citizen scientist” approach for the collection of data, and the use of parataxonomic unit (PU) richness as a surrogate for species richness, might be a possible solution to effectively collect preliminary information and rapidly build databases on species diversity.
Lichens, Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula
Antarctica, Antarctic Peninsula [Marine Regions]
2010 - 2012
Occurrence of biota
AntOBIS: Antarctic Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more
Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Research: field survey
Metadatarecord created: 2015-03-10
Information last updated: 2015-08-24