Recent changes to the functionality of the sites as well as to traits and definitions are documented below.

2014-09-24: Data browser implemented

The data can now be accessed directly via the polytraits interface taxon browser , the connection to Scratchpads is not needed any longer.

2014-09-24: Changes in URIs

To be consistent with EOL's ontology terms and because some of the ontology terms we have used so far do not resolve anymore, the following URIs were changed in the polytraits database:

Term Old URI New URI
Fertilization type
Life span
Metamorphosis type
Mobility of adult
Parental care/ Brood protection
Habitat type
Omnivore [Feeding type]
Scavenger [Feeding type]
Herbivore [Feeding type]
Fish [Typically feeds on]
Echinoderms [Typically feeds on]
Cnidarians [Typically feeds on]
Algae [Typically feeds on]
Crustaceans [Typically feeds on]
Mollusks [Typically feeds on]
Detritus [Typically feeds on]
Habitat-building [Ecosystem engineering]
Iteroparous [Reproduction strategy of the individual]
Semelparous [Reproduction strategy of the individual]
Oviparous [Developmental mechanism]
Viviparous [Developmental mechanism]
Continuous or semi-continuous [Spawning frequency of the population]
Annually / seasonally [Spawning frequency of the population]
Internal [Fertilization type]
external (broadcast spawner) [Fertilization type]
Gonochoristic [Mode of reproduction]
Simultaneous hermaphrodite [Mode of reproduction]
Sequential hermaphrodite [Mode of reproduction]
Asexual reproduction [Mode of reproduction]
Benthic [Larval mode of development]
No [Parental care/ Brood protection]

2014-09-23: Trait name change

The trait "Metamorphosis amount" has been renamed to "Metamorphosis type".

2014-06-16: New trait

The trait "Environmental Position" has been added to the database. Information for species will gradually be added.