Senckenberg Research

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lumbricidae enchytraeidae Anatonchus_tridentatus oppiella nova neojordensia_levis collembola Chilopoda_Cryptops parisi ommatoiulus sabulosus (L.,1758) Trachelipus_ratzeburgi
– Object description –
Name Datatype Description
Taxon-related? Yes/No A flag field can represent 3 values: (1) undefined (NULL), (2) yes (TRUE), (3) no (FALSE): The "yes" value should be used, when taxon related information is saved. Thus, the relative rare documentation of this kind of information is kept. The "undefined" and "no" values mean "object related information".
Original quotation object description Text  
Remarks object description Text  
Name Datatype Unit Description
Stage List   Adultus, larva, etc.
Activity List   Active form, dauer larva, etc.
Sex List    
Abundance Number List  
Activity density Number List  
Count in sample Number [-] as absolute number
Count in collection Number [-] Count of individuals tranferred to collection
Biomass Number [g]  
Dominance class List   comp. Engelmann (1978)
Dominance Number [%]  
Constancy (Frequency) Number [%]  
Original quotation quantity Text    
Remarks object quantity Text    
Name Datatype Description
Preparation type List  
Conservation/ nidation agent List Fixation agents are part of sampling description; conservation and nidation agents, supplemented by remarks field containing detailed information (e.g. ingredients, percentages, sources as Hoyers, Rusek, etc.) and/ or "?" (when agent is assumed).
Conservation quality Text  
Staining methods Text  
Date preparation Date  
Preparator Reference  
Type form List  
Type place Text  
Original quotaion preparation Text  
Remarks preparation Text  
Name Datatype Description
Date biology Date Observation date
Life form List Advice from the list: There are three classes of life forms: (1) Life form by occupied soil horizon, (2) life form by occupied altitudinal level, and (3) special life forms. These classes may be combined in many ways, thus forming three input fields. The application ensures a multiple choice attending to standardised terms.
Host Text parasitic, symbiotic, etc. on(e.g. "parasitic on Petrophaga lorioti", "symbiotic with Pseudocollembola obscura")
Phoresis Text phoretic
Feeding type List  
Reproduction type List for Oligochaeta
cp-value Number specific to nematodes
Season of pubescence Date ranges of months
Generation time Number Count in days
Red book status Text Multiple input possible, naming the names of countries or federal states (e.g. ("UK:R; FRG:-"))
Copulation Date Date range (with fuzzy dates, too)
Original quotation biology Text  
Remarks biology Text  
The individual morphological characteristics relevant for a animal group are listed in tables for the respective animal group. It is still being discussed whether the information fields will be completed disregarded (especially for Oligochaeta), since the fields listed here are not sufficient for the morphogical description of the species.
Name Datatype Description
Date morphology Date Observation date
Body shape Text for Collembola
Furcula Text for Collembola
Mouth parts type Text for Collembola
Molar plate Text for Collembola
Ocelli Text for Collembola
Pigmentation Text for Collembola
Pairs of legs Number for Myriapoda
Segments legless Number for Myriapoda
Body length Number Body length with Ø, min, max
Body width Number Body width with Ø, min, max
Body mass Number Biomass of individuals with Ø, min, max - in µg, mg, g
Body mass method Text e.g. dry mass
Prostomium Text for Lumbricidae
Number of segments Number  
Bristle figuration Text for Lumbricidae
Bristle formula Text for Enchytraeidae
Bristle form Text for Enchytraeidae
Clitellum position Text for Oligochaeta
Clitellum form Text for Oligochaeta
Colour Text for Oligochaeta
Male pores Text for Lumbricidae
Pebescence tubercel Text for Lumbricidae
Original quotation morphology Text  
Remarks morphology Text  
Laboratory studies
Name Datatype Description
DNA sequences Text Gene sequences, QTL, etc.: Link to data (e.g. source (gene bank) and identifier)
Protein/ enzyme data Text lipid acids, etc.: link to data (e.g. source and identifier)
Stable isotopes Text Link to data (e.g. source and identifier), unit
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