Describes the general appearance of the taxon; e.g body plan, shape and color of external features, typical postures. May be referred to as or include habit, defined as the characteristic mode of growth or occurrence associated to its environment, particularly for plants. Comprising its size, shape, texture and orientation. Example: tree, shrubs, herbs. May also be referred to include anatomy.
General description of the sites where the species is found (ecosystem, forest, environment or microhabitat). Includes realm (e.g Terrestrial etc) and climatic information (e.g Boreal); also includes requirements and tolerances; horizontal and vertical (altitudinal) distribution. Also includes information referring to territorial extension of the individual or group in terms of its activities (feeding, mating, etc.), associated mostly to vertebrates.
Enumerates geographic entities where the taxon lives. Covers ranges, e.g., a global range, or a narrower one; may be biogeographical, political or other (e.g., managed areas like conservencies); endemism; native or exotic. Does not include altitudinal distribution, which is covered under Habitat.
Known or potential benefits of the species for humans, at a direct economic level, as instruments of education, prospecting, eco-tourism, etc. It includes published material or suggestions from the author or others. In any event, the source must be explicitly quoted. Can include ecosystem services. However, benefits to ecosystems not specific to humans are best treated under Risk statement (what happens when the organism is removed)
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