[Taxacom] Habitat classifications?

Tony.Rees at csiro.au Tony.Rees at csiro.au
Wed Mar 16 22:21:41 CDT 2011

Dear all,

I am interested in extending the habitat classification presently used in my IRMNG genera and species database from the present "very basic" (marine/nonmarine/both) to something a bit more detailed - maybe marine, freshwater, terrestrial with up to perhaps a dozen or so subcategories of each, as appropriate (e.g. end up with a little nested hierarchy of maybe 30-50 terms total).

So, I am looking for suggestions of such classifications as may already be in use in order to either pick one up more or less unchanged, or develop something with the best features of several. For example I am familiar with the following off the top of my head:

http://sn2000.taxonomy.nl/SyntaxHabitat.htm - 23 terms, coverage a bit uneven

http://mave.tweakdsl.nl/tn/syntax.html - scroll down to the section headed "% HABITAT"   -- 56 terms, looks quite useable.

Something like the EUNIS classification e.g. as accessible via

http://eunis.eea.europa.eu/habitats-code-browser.jsp   possibly gets too detailed too quickly at this time for my needs, but you never know what may end up being of value.

If list persons can point me at any other resources worth looking at, or comment on details of the above, I would be very appreciative. It also occurs to me that some people may have been through this exercise previously, e.g. for "species / structured descriptive data" purposes, so any pointers to the results of those deliberations would also be useful.

Thanks in advance,

Tony Rees
Manager, Divisional Data Centre,
CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research,
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