Source data and code for: Climate change transforms the functional identity of Mediterranean coralligenous assemblages

  • Daniel Gomez Gras (Contributor)
  • Cristina Linares (Contributor)
  • Maria Dornelas (Contributor)
  • Joshua S. Madin (Contributor)
  • Viviana Brambilla (Contributor)
  • Jean-Baptiste Ledoux (Contributor)
  • Nathaniel Bensoussan (Contributor)
  • Paula López-Sendino (Contributor)
  • Joaquim Garrabou (Contributor)



We used five long-term (>10 years) records of Mediterranean coralligenous assemblages in a multi-taxa, trait-based analysis to investigate MHW-driven changes in functional structure. We show that, despite stability in functional richness (i.e., the range of species functional traits), MHW-impacted assemblages experienced long-term directional changes in functional identity (i.e., their dominant trait values). Declining traits included large sizes, long lifespans, arborescent morphologies, filter feeding strategies or calcified skeletons. These traits, which were mostly supported by few sensitive and irreplaceable species from a single functional group (habitat-forming octocorals), disproportionally influence certain ecosystem functions (e.g., 3D-habitat provision). Hence, MHWs are leading to assemblages that are deficient in key functional traits, with likely consequences for the ecosystem functioning.,The dataset contains: i) a metadata file explaining what the data are in each column and what rows represent. ii) the raw data files that were analysed to produce all statistics and figures that appear in the paper iii) R code used to produce the figures, For the functional analyses to work, the code files 1-3 need to be run in R software in order as follows: Functional space & Frich Abundance distribution of traits & FI Broad clustering analysis,
Date made available1 Jan 2021

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