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Diversity, Volume 11, Issue 4 (April 2019)
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Cover Story (view full-size image) Urban environments are densely populated areas buzzing with a wide range of anthropic activities [...] Read more. Urban environments are densely populated areas buzzing with a wide range of anthropic activities that cause multiple disturbances, threatening both human and environmental health. The poleotolerance response trait classifies lichens according to their tolerance to human disturbance. The aim of this work is to assess this trait’s suitability as an indicator of urban anthropic disturbance. Lichen diversity was sampled in 41 green spaces in Lisbon. Lichens were classified into the respective poleotolerance trait functional groups and their community-weighted mean related with environmental variables used as surrogates of urban disturbance. We showed that disturbance-tolerant functional groups could be used as an ecological indicator of the integrated effects of environmental disturbances. Some species were clearly misclassified, and thus we propose their reclassification. View this paper.