Island Arthropod Macroecology

Azores Bioportal - PORBIOTA

  • Infraestructures
  • National Research Project
  • 2018 to 2023

The Azorean Biodiversity Portal E-Infrastructure was approved by FCT for the National Research Infrastructure in the Roadmap.

The approval of Azorean Biodiversity Portal by the Portuguese E-Infrastructure Roadmap, will guarantee financial support between 2019 and 2021 and the improvement of the Portal and new products.

This is quite an important achievement for this regional Biodiversity Portal. The Azorean Biodiversity Portal (ABP) is a key e-infrastructure for the integrated management of biodiversity data of the Azores, providing a large number of specialized services supporting research, policy and education.

The evaluators considered that the submitted proposal lists some significant policy integration opportunities with Azorean government using the portal as part of its conservation activities for protected areas, as well as for the sustainable management of biodiversity relating to agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

This was the first Biodiversity Portal in Portugal, starting in 2008, and the only one which provides easy access to island biodiversity data. ABP is currently recognized as a valuable outreach, management and conservation tool for all who work in science and protection of biodiversity. The 3000 visits per day, the numerous international scientific collaborations, resulting in publications and academic thesis, and the connection with other prestigious databases demonstrate the Portal’s scientific quality as well as its general appeal.

This project initiated in 2008 under the leadership of researchers from the Azorean Biodiversity Group (CITA_A) based in the Dep. of Agrarian Sciences in Terceira Island and included also the collaboration with researchers from the CIBIO-Azores based in the Dep. Biology of the Univ of Azores and more recently researchers from IMAR-DOP in Horta. In this moment the Portal is being funded by Azorean Science Ministry  (project ATLANTISMAR).

The main ABP action lines are to:

- improve the informatics system of the e-infrastructure to allow complex queries and improve user-friendliness

- guarantee a rigorous classification for every species, providing updated comprehensive checklists, ensuring accuracy on the compilation of biogeographical information; this is the backbone of the Portal and all its products and services

- provide innovative biodiversity analytical tools for both researchers and community members and invite them to contribute data to the Portal, establishing effective science communication.

Articles in SCI Journals already published within this project:

Borges, P.A.V., Lamelas-Lopez, L., Andrade, R., Lhoumeau, S., Vieira, V., Soares, A.O., Borges, I., Boieiro, M., Cardoso, P., Crespo, L.C.F., Karsholt, O., Schülke, M., Serrano, A.R.M., Quartau, J.A. & Assing, V. (2022) An updated checklist of Azorean arthropods (Arthropoda). Biodiversity Data Journal10, e97682. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e97682 (IF2021 1,550; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Borges, P.A.V., Lamelas-López, L., Assing, V. & Schülke, M. (2022) New records, detailed distribution and abundance of rove-beetles (Insecta, Coleoptera, Staphylinidae) collected between 1990 and 2015 in Azores (Portugal) with an updated checklist. Biodiversity Data Journal10, e78896. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e78896 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Elias, R.B. & Pereira, F. (2022) New records of the critically endangered fern Grammitis azorica (Polypodiaceae). Biodiversity Data Journal10, e77948. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e77948 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Lhoumeau, S., Cardoso, P., Boieiro, M., Ros-Prieto, A., Costa, R., Lamelas-Lopez, L. Leite, A., Amorim, I.R., Gabriel, R., Malumbres-Olarte, J., Rigal, F., Santos, A.M.C., Tsafack, N., Ferreira, M.T. & Borges, P.A.V. (2022) SLAM Project - Long Term Ecological Study of the Impacts of Climate Change in the natural forest of Azores: V - New records of terrestrial arthropods after ten years of SLAM sampling. Biodiversity Data Journal, 10, e97952. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e97952 (IF2021 1,550; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Lhoumeau, S., Cardoso, P., Costa, R., Boieiro, M., Malumbres-Olarte, J., Amorim, I.R., Rigal, F., Santos, A.M.C., Gabriel, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2022) SLAM Project - Long Term Ecological Study of the Impacts of Climate Change in the natural forest of Azores: IV - The spiders of Terceira and Pico Islands (2019-2021) and general diversity patterns after ten years of sampling. Biodiversity Data Journal10, e96442. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e96442 (IF2021 1,550; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Neto, A.I., Cacabelos, E., Prestes, A.C., Díaz-Tapia, P. & Moreu, I. (2022) New records of marine macroalgae for the Azores.  Botanica Marina65(2), 105-120. DOI:10.1515/bot-2021-0085 (IF2020 1,843; Q4 Plant Sciences)

Pavão, D.C., Jevsenak, J., Petrillo, M., Camarinho, R., Rodrigues, A., Borges Silva, L., Elias, R.B. & Silva, L. (2022) Dendrochronological potential of the Azorean endemic gymnosperm Juniperus brevifolia (Seub.) Antoine. Dendrochronologia71, 125901. DOI:10.1016/j.dendro.2021.125901 (IF2020 2,691; Q1 Forestry)

Tsafack, N., Gabriel, R., Elias, R.B., Boieiro, M., Ferreira, M.T. & Borges, P.A.V. (2022) Arthropods and other biota associated with the Azorean trees and shrubs: Laurus azorica (Seub) Franco (Magnoliophyta, Magnoliopsida, Laurales, Lauraceae). Biodiversity Data Journal10, e80088. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e80088 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Vieira, V., Oliveira, L., Soares, A.O., Borges, P.A.V., Borges, I. & Tavares, J. (2022) Diversity of lepidoptera (Insecta) recorded in a forest nursery of Nordeste County on São Miguel Island (Azores). Biodiversity Data Journal10, e89971. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.10.e89971 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Borges, P.A.V., Nunes, R., Lamelas-López, L., Pereira, E., Costa, R., Monjardino, P., Lopes, D.H., Soares, A.O., Gil, A., Rigal, F., Ferrante, M. & Lövei, G.L. (2021) Monitoring Arthropods in Azorean Agroecosystems: the project AGRO-ECOSERVICES. Biodiversity Data Journal9, e77548. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.9.e77548 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Carvalho, R., Cardoso, P., Gil, A., Ferreira, M.T., Ramos, C., Lamelas-Lopez, L., Pereira, F., Malumbres-Olarte, J., Ros-Prieto, A., Boieiro, M. & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) Standardised inventories of spiders (Arachnida, Araneae) on touristic trails of the native forests of the Azores (Portugal). Biodiversity Data Journal9, 1-15. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.9.e62886 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Costa, R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) SLAM Project - Long term ecological study of the impacts of climate change in the natural forest of Azores: I - the spiders from native forests of Terceira and Pico Islands (2012-2019). Biodiversity Data Journal9, e69924. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.9.e69924 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Marcelino, J., Borges, P.A.V., Borges, I., Pereira, E., Santos, V. & Soares, A.O. (2021) Standardised arthropod (Arthropoda) inventory across natural and anthropogenic impacted habitats in the Azores archipelago. Biodiversity Data Journal9, e62157. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.9.e62157 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Neto, A.I., Moreu, I., Rosas Alquicira, E.F., León-Cisneros, K., Cacabelos, E., Botelho, A.Z., Micael, J., Costa, A.C., Neto, R.M.A., Azevedo, J.M.N., Monteiro, S., Resendes, R., Afonso, P., Prestes, A.C.L., Patarra, R.F., Álvaro, N.V., Milla-Figueras, D., Ballesteros, E., Fletcher, R.L., Farnham, W., Tittley, I. & Parente, M.I. (2021) Marine algal flora of São Miguel Island, Azores. Biodiversity Data Journal9, 1-52. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.9.e64969 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Neto, A.I.A., Parente, M.I., Cacabelos, E., Costa, A.C., Botelho, A.Z., Ballesteros, E., Monteiro, S., Resendes, R., Afonso, P., Prestes, A.C.L., Patarra, R.F., Álvaro, N.V., Mila-Figueras, D., Neto, R.M.A., Azevedo, J.M.N. & Moreu, I. (2021) Marine algal flora of Santa Maria Island, Azores. Biodiversity Data Journal, 9, e61909. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.9.e61909 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Picanço, A., Arroz, A.M., Amorim, I.R., Matos, S. & Gabriel, R. (2021) Teachers’ perspectives and practices on biodiversity web portals as an opportunity to reconnect education with nature. Environmental Conservation48(1), 25-32. DOI:10.1017/S0376892920000405 (IF2020 3,012; Q1 Biodiversity Conservation)

Rebelo, A.C., Rasser, M.W., Ramalho, R.S., Johnson, M.E., Melo, C.S., Uchman, A., Quartau, R., Berning, B., Neto, A.I., Mendes, A.R., Basso, D. & Avila, S.P. (2021) Pleistocene coralline algal buildups on a mid-ocean rocky shore - Insights into the MIS 5e record of the Azores. Palaeogeography, Palaeoclimatology, Palaeoecology579, 110598. DOI:10.1016/j.palaeo.2021.110598 (IF2020 3,318; Q2 Geography, Physical)

Reinier de Vries, J.P., Van Loon, E & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) A small-scale analysis of elevational species richness and beta diversity patterns of arthropods on an oceanic island (Terceira, Azores). Insects12(10), 936. DOI:10.3390/insects12100936 (IF2020 2,769; Q1 Entomology)

Soares, A.O., Borges, I., Calado, H.R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) An updated checklist to the biodiversity data of ladybeetles (Coleoptera: Coccinellidae) of the Azores Archipelago (Portugal). Biodiversity Data Journal9, e77464. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.9.e77464 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Soares, A.O., Calado, H.R., Franco, J.C., Aguiar, A.F., Andrade, M.M., Zina, V., Ameixa, O.M.C.C., Borges, I. & Magro, A. (2021) An annotated checklist of ladybeetle species (Coleoptera, Coccinellidae) of Portugal, including the Azores and Madeira Archipelagos. ZooKeys1053, 107-144. DOI:10.3897/zookeys.1053.64268 (IF2020 1,137; Q3 Zoology)

Skuhrovec, J., Roy, H.E., Brown, P.M.J., Kazlauskis, K., Inghilesi, A.F., Soares, A.O., Adriaens, T., Roy, D.B., Nedvĕd, O., Zach, P., Viglášová, S., Kulfan, J., Honĕk, A. & Martinková, Z. (2021) Development of the European ladybirds smartphone application: a tool for citizen science. Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution9, 741854. DOI:10.3389/fevo.2021.741854 (IF2020 4,171; Q2 Ecology)

Tsafack, N., Fattorini, S., Boieiro, M., Rigal, F., Ros-Prieto, A., Ferreira, M.T. & Borges, P.A.V. (2021) The role of small lowland patches of exotic forests as refuges of rare endemic azorean arthropods. Diversity, 13(9), 443. DOI:10.3390/d13090443 (IF2020 2,465; Q3 Ecology)

Artega, A.,  Malumbres-Olarte, J., Gabriel, R., Ros-Prieto, A., Casimiro, P., Fuentes Sanchez, A., Albergaria, I.S. & Borges, P.A.V. (2020) Arthropod diversity in two Historic Gardens in the Azores, Portugal. Biodiversity Data Journal, 8, e54749. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e54749 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Ávila S.P., Azevedo, J.M.N., Madeira, P., Cordeiro, R., Melo, C.S., Baptista, L., Torres, P., Johnson, M.E. & Vullo, R. (2020) Pliocene and Late Pleistocene actinoptery,gian fishes from Santa Maria Island, Azores (NE Atlantic Ocean): palaeoecological and palaeobiogeographical implications. Geological Magazine157(9), 1526-1542. DOI:10.1017/S0016756820000035 (IF2020 2,365; Q2 Geosciences, Multidisciplinary)

Borges, P.A.V., Rigal, F., Ros-Prieto, A. & Cardoso, P. (2020) Increase of insular exotic arthropod diversity is a fundamental dimension of the current biodiversity crisis. Insect Conservation and Diversity13(5), 508-518. DOI:10.1111/icad.12431 (IF2020 2,729; Q1 Entomology)

Lamelas López, L., Pardavila, X., Amorim, I.R. & Borges, P.A.V. (2020) Wildlife inventory from camera-trapping data in the Azores (Pico and Terceira islands). Biodiversity Data Journal8, e47865. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e47865 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Lamelas López, L., Pardavila, X., Borges, P.A.V., Santos-Reis, M., Amorim, I.R. & Sanyos, M.J. (2020) Modelling the distribution of Mustela nivalis and M. putorius in the Azores archipelago based on native and introduced ranges. PLOS One15(8), e0237216. DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0237216 (IF2020 2,740; Q1 Multidisciplinary Sciences)

Macías-Hernández, N., Ramos, C., Domènech, M, Febles, S., Santos, I., Arnedo, M.A., Borges, P.A.V., Emerson, B. & Cardoso, P. (2020) A database of functional traits for spiders from native forest of the Iberian Peninsula and Macaronesia. Biodiversity Data Journal8, e49159. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e49159 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Mammola, S., Amorim, I.R., Bichuette, M.E., Borges, P.A.V., Cheeptham, N., Cooper, S.J.B., Culver, D.C., Deharveng, L., Eme, D., Ferreira, R.L., Fišer, C., Fišer, Z., Fong, D.W., Griebler, C., Jeffery, LR., Kowalko, J., Jugovic, J., Lilley, T.M., Malard, F., Manenti, R., Martínez, MA., Meierhofer, M.B., Northup, D.E., Pellegrini, T.G., Protas, M., Niemiller, M., Reboleira, A.S., Pipan, T., Venarsky, M.P., Wynne, J.J., Zagmajster, M. & Cardoso, P (2020) Fundamental research questions in subterranean biology. Biological Reviews95(6), 1855-1872. DOI:10.1111/brv.12642 (IF2020 10,701; Q1 Biology)

Melo, C., Walker, C., Freitas., H., Machado., A. & Borges, P.A.V. (2020) Distribution of Arbuscular Mycorrhizal Fungi in Terceira and S. Miguel (Azores, Portugal). Biodiversity Data Journal8, e49759. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e49759 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Neto, A.I., Parente, M.I., Botelho, A.Z., Prestes, A.C.L., Resendes, R., Afonso, P., Álvaro, N.V., Milla-Figueras, D., Neto, R.M.A., Tittley, I. & Moreu, I. (2020) Marine algal flora of Graciosa Island, Azores. Biodiversity Data Journal8, e57201. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e57201 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Neto, A.I., Prestes, A.C.L., Álvaro, N.V., Resendes, R., Neto, R.M.A., Tittley, I. & Moreu, I. (2020) Marine algal (seaweed) flora of Terceira Island, Azores. Biodiversity Data Journal8, e57462. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e57462 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Neto, A.I., Prestes, A.C.L., Álvaro, N.V., Resendes, R., Neto, R.M.A., Tittley, I. & Moreu, I. (2020) Marine algal flora, of Pico Island, Azores.  Biodiversity Data Journal8, e57461. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e57461 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Neto, A.I., Prestes, A.C.L., Azevedo, J.M.N., Resendes, R., Álvaro, N.V., Neto, R.M.A. & Moreu, I. (2020) Marine algal flora of Formigas Islets, Azores. Biodiversity Data Journal, 8, e57510. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.8.e57510 (IF2020 1,225; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Borges, P.A.V., Lamelas-López, L., Amorim, I.R., Danielczak, A., Boieiro, M., Rego, C., Wallon, S., Nunes, R., Cardoso, P. & Hochkirch, A. (2019) Species conservation profiles of cave-dwelling arthropods from Azores, Portugal. Biodiversity Data Journal7, e32530. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.7.e32530 (IF2019; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Cordeiro, R., Bagaço, L., Santos, M.A. & Ávila, S.P. (2019) First record of Nereiphylla paretti (Polychaeta: Phyllodocidae) in the Azores, with a compiled list of the shallow-water marine polychaetes from the archipelago. Cahiers de Biologie Marine60(1), 69-79. DOI:10.21411/CBM.A.71730B95 (IF2017 0,525; Q4 Marine & Freshwater Biology)

Elias, R.B., Brito, M.R., Pimentel, C.M.M., Nogueira, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2019) Biota from the coastal wetlands of Praia da Vitória (Terceira, Azores, Portugal): Part 4 - Vascular plants. Biodiversity Data Journal7, e38687. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.7.e38687 (IF2018 1,029; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Gabriel, R., Pimentel, C., Brito, M.R., Claro, D. Sérgio, C., Sim-Sim. M. & Borges, P.A.V. (2019) Biota from the coastal wetlands of Praia da Vitória (Terceira, Azores, Portugal): Part 2 – Bryophytes. Biodiversity Data Journal7, e34621. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.7.e34621 (IF2018 1,029; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Goulart, S., Barreiros, J.P., Brito, M.R., Santos, S., Pimentel, C.M.M., Nogueira, E. & Borges, P.A.V. (2019) Biota from the coastal wetlands of Praia da Vitória (Terceira, Azores, Portugal): Part 3-Birds. Biodiversity Data Journal7, e34327. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.7.e34327 (IF2,019; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Malumbres-Olarte, J., Cardoso, P., Crespo, L., Gabriel, R., Pereira, F., Carvalho, R., Rego, C., Nunes, R., Ferreira, M.T., Amorim, I.R., Rigal, F. & Borges, P.A.V. (2019) Standardised inventories of spiders (Arachnida, Araneae) of Macaronesia I: the native forests of the Azores (Pico and Terceira islands). Biodiversity Data Journal7, e32625. DOI:10.3897/BDJ.7.e32625 (IF2,019; Q3 Biodiversity Conservation)

Funding Institution:

Azores PO 2020 - ACORES-01-0145-FEDER-000072

TOTAL BUDGET: 299.901,83€

EU Support: 254.916,56€

This project was financed by FEDER in 85% and by Azorean Public funds by 15% through Operational Program Azores 2020.


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