[Taxacom] launching African Plants - a photo guide
releech at telus.net
Fri Jul 18 18:26:50 CDT 2014
Hi and Hello,
This is beautiful and marvellous.
I study spiders, but I spent a year in Africa in 57-58 - love to see those acacias.
From: Taxacom [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Marco Schmidt
Sent: July-18-14 7:24 AM
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Subject: [Taxacom] launching African Plants - a photo guide
We are happy to announce the launch of the African Plants Photo Guide ( http://www.africanplants.senckenberg.de/ ) – an online photo repository of live plant images generally taken in the field and combined with an identification help. The species are coded with 18 characters which the user can combine freely. Of course, searching or browsing according to taxonomic name (family, genus, species) is also available.
In the moment we display > 25,000 images of ca. 3200 taxa. This content is constantly growing. The nomenclature follows the African Plants Database ( http://www.ville-ge.ch/musinfo/bd/cjb/africa/index.php?langue=an ) of CJB Geneva and SANBI Pretoria.
After having started with a regional portal for West Africa in 2008 we expanded this to cover Central and East Africa in 2010 and we now cover the whole continental Africa (excluding Madagascar). The regional portals will remain for the time being but the new African Portal also allows searching according to region. Region classification roughly follows Brummitt´s World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions. Ed. 2, 2001.
On the species page the available images are displayed and links to various online ressources are provided to retrieve further information.
Images with coordinates are reported to the Global Biodiversity Information Faciliy (GBIF) as well as Map of Life (MoL) as occurrence data. Some images are fed into Encyclopedia of Life (EOL).
The images are displayed in screen resolution only. Free usage for non-commercial scientific and educational purposes is granted. Should anyone require images in higher resolution or for a commercial purpose, the photographer as the copyright holder is contacted for agreement or negotiations.
We highly appreciate any contribution of instructive plant photos from Africa preferrably with locality data to gain a better coverage of the African flora and enhance the usefulness of the online photo guide.
Contact us on: westafricanplants at senckenberg.de
Stefan Dressler, Marco Schmidt & Georg Zizka Senckenberg Forschungsinstitut Frankfurt/M.
Dr. Marco Schmidt
Senckenberg Research Institute
Dept. Botany and mol. Evolution
60325 Frankfurt am Main
+49 69 97075 1615
Senckenberg Gesellschaft für Naturforschung Rechtsfähiger Verein gemäß § 22 BGB Senckenberganlage 25
Direktorium: Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Volker Mosbrugger, Prof. Dr. Andreas Mulch, Prof. Dr. Katrin Böhning-Gaese, Prof. Dr. Uwe Fritz, PD Dr.
Ingrid Kröncke, Dr. Johannes Heilmann, Vorsitzende des Präsidiums: Dr.
h.c. Beate Heraeus
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