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Wasps, Bees and Ants (Order Hymenoptera) Dataset of the Entomology Collection in the Botswana National Museum

Latest version published by Botswana National Museum on Apr 20, 2018 Botswana National Museum

Specimen records of Order Hymenoptera of the Botswana National Museum were digitized as part of the efforts of the African Insect Atlas Project (BID-AF2015-0134-REG). The dataset contains 2158 records belonging to 22 families. Specimen records include some accepted names and synonyms, all of which were collected from 1970’s to date. Specimens were collected from different parts of Sub Saharan Africa, with records from Botswana standing at 2078, while the remaining specimens were collected from Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa and Zimbabwe. Around 40% of the Hymenoptera records in the collection were received by the museum as a donation from the former Entomologist Per Forchhammer.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 2,158 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

Downloads

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 2,158 records in English (39 KB) - Update frequency: biannually
Metadata as an EML file download in English (8 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (8 KB)

Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Rapalai B L (2018): Wasps, Bees and Ants (Order Hymenoptera) Dataset of the Entomology Collection in the Botswana National Museum. v1.5. Botswana National Museum. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt-botswana.gbif.fr/resource?r=botswana_hymenoptera_collection&v=1.5

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Botswana National Museum. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: d3869e20-0659-49d2-8fc7-f364dda5e5b7.  Botswana National Museum publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Participant Node Managers Committee.

Keywords

Occurrence; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Boikhutso Lerato Rapalai
Curator Entomology
Botswana National Museum Private Bag 0014 Gaborone Gaborone BW +2673610474

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Boikhutso Lerato Rapalai
Curator Entomology
Botswana National Museum PRIVATE BAG 00114 GABORONE GABORONE BW

Who filled in the metadata:

Boikhutso Lerato Rapalai
Curator Entomology
Botswana National Museum Private Bag 0014 Gaborone Gaborone BW +2673610474

Geographic Coverage

Specimens were collected from Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-34.525, 13.887], North East [-16.13, 38.672]

Taxonomic Coverage

The lowest taxon rank recorded for this dataset is species, while other specimens are recorded at Order, Family, Subfamily or Genus level.

Order  Hymenoptera (Wasps, Bees, Ants)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1970-01-01 / 2016-01-01

Project Data

No Description available

Title African Insect Atlas
Identifier BID-AF2015-0134-REG

The personnel involved in the project:

Boikhutso Lerato Rapalai

Sampling Methods

Data was extracted from specimen labels of Order Hymenoptera in the Botswana National Museum entomology collection. The information was captured electronically in Ms Excel database. Data cleaning was done through Ms Excel. Taxonomic checks, status and authorship were verified using Catalog of Life Matching Service, Encyclopedia of Life database, AntWeb.org, Discoverlife.org and Waspweb.org

Study Extent Data was collected from specimen records in the entomology collection of the Botswana National Museum. The collection was incorporated into the museum either as a donation or through collecting expeditions. Most specimens were collected from Botswana, while other specimens were collected from Mozambique, South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia.

Method step description:

  1. 1. Digitization: Data was captured from specimen labels of Hymenoptera in the Botswana National Museum entomology collection. Data was captured in Ms Excel database and aligned with the Darwin Core Terms. 2. Data Quality: Data cleaning was carried out using Ms Excel database system. 3. Taxonomy Checks: Taxonomic checks, status and authorship were verified using tools such as Catalog of Life Matching Service, Encyclopedia of Life database, AntWeb.org, Discoverlife.org and Waspweb.org. 4. Publishing: Dataset was published on the GBIF Platform

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers d3869e20-0659-49d2-8fc7-f364dda5e5b7
http://ipt-botswana.gbif.fr/resource?r=botswana_hymenoptera_collection