A global species-level data set of key life-history, ecological and geographical traits of all known extant and recently extinct mammals compiled from the literature. It also includes spatial databases of mammalian geographic ranges and global climatic and anthropogenic variables.
Ecological Level: Species
Dataset Location: http://esapubs.org/archive/ecol/E090/184/
Data collection summary:
Data were gathered from the literature for 25 types of ecological and life history information for any extant or recently extinct species within class Mammalia (100740 data lines): 1. Activity Cycle; 2. Age at Eye Opening; 3. Age at First Birth; 4. Average Lifespan; 5. Body Mass; 6. Diet; 7. Dispersal Age; 8. Adult Limb Length; 9. Gestation Length; 10. Group Composition & Size; 11. Growth Data; 12. Habitat Layer; 13. Head-Body Length; 14. Interbirth Interval; 15. Litter size; 16. Litters Per Year; 17. Maximum Longevity; 18. Metabolic Rate; 19. Migratory Behaviour; 20. Mortality Data; 21. Population Density; 22. Ranging Behaviour; 23. Sexual Maturity Age; 24. Teat Number; and 25. Weaning Age. 30 specific variables were also extracted from the above data. Additionally, 4 variables were derived from extracted variables and 19 variables were calculated from other spatial data sources.
Acquiring & Using data: Publicly available through Ecological Archives. See link above.
Citation: Kate E. Jones, Jon Bielby, Marcel Cardillo, Susanne A. Fritz, Justin O'Dell, C. David L. Orme, Kamran Safi, Wes Sechrest, Elizabeth H. Boakes, Chris Carbone, Christina Connolly, Michael J. Cutts, Janine K. Foster, Richard Grenyer, Michael Habib, Christopher A. Plaster, Samantha A. Price, Elizabeth A. Rigby, Janna Rist, Amber Teacher, Olaf R. P. Bininda-Emonds, John L. Gittleman, Georgina M. Mace, and Andy Purvis. 2009. PanTHERIA: a species-level database of life history, ecology, and geography of extant and recently extinct mammals. Ecology 90:2648.
Available via the EcoData Retriever: Yes
Best practices: As it states in the metadata for this dataset, many of the parameter values are created from models of the raw data.