The 'Get Traits' tool allows you to select a range of species held within BIOTIC and to download all the available traits information, as a Comma Separated Value ( CSV ) File, for inclusion within Excel or other analytical software.

To view a the BIOTIC glossary which includes descriptions of all the BIOTIC traits, click here.

Select species

Upload your species list either from an Excel sheet (version 97-2003 (*.xls), with species names all in column 'A') or paste or type a comma-separated list into the free-text box (e.g. Mytilus edulis , Laminaria sp., Echinus esculentus ).

The software will then compare your species to the current list held by BIOTIC and give you the option to download a traits matrix in several formats*. You are also able to view BIOTIC species pages for each of the species matched from your list.

If you choose to spellcheck your species list, your species will be compared against the European Register of Marine Species ( ERMS ), which will suggest close matches if no identical match(es) is/are found. Please note that the spellchecking option will increase the time taken to return your results.

Upload species list: choose an Excel file to upload (max size 100kb):
Or paste/type your species list here (comma separated):

Include spellchecking?
This will significantly increase the time taken for the query.

Download formats

The following options are provided.
•  Traits matrix for the matching species (species on y axis)
Provides all the traits information held within biotic, for the selected species, with the species names arranged as a column and the trait categories as headers in the CSV file.

•  Traits matrix for the matching species (species on x axis)
Provides all the traits information held within biotic, for the selected species, with the species names arranged as a row and the trait categories in a column in the CSV file.

•  Traits matrix for the matching species (species on x axis and multi-selects split)
Provides all the traits information held within biotic, for the selected species, with the species names arranged as a row and the trait categories in a column in the CSV file. Where species can exhibit multiple traits within a given trait category, the traits are displayed as an encoded (numbered) list. Please refer to the downloadable glossary for code numbers used.

•  Traits matrix for the matching species (species on x axis and multi & single selects split)
Provides all the traits information held within biotic, for the selected species, with the species names arranged as a row and the trait categories in a column in the CSV file. The species traits are displayed as an encoded (numbered) list. Please refer to the downloadable glossary for code numbers used.

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