[Taxacom] African Plant Database
Paul van Rijckevorsel
dipteryx at freeler.nl
Sat Jan 30 04:22:50 CST 2016
I have never found it other than accurate.
----- Original Message -----
From: "John Grehan" <calabar.john at gmail.com>
To: "Michael Heads" <m.j.heads at gmail.com>
Cc: "taxacom" <taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu>
Sent: Saturday, January 30, 2016 1:59 AM
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] African Plant Database
> Yes I did find it a bit of work going species by species. I liked the
> locality records instead of range maps. Even noticed that the almost
> pan-African Asparagus africanus was absent (or at least not reported) from
> the cuvette centrale I have not tried GBIF so I will take a look.
> John Grehan
> On Fri, Jan 29, 2016 at 5:22 PM, Michael Heads <m.j.heads at gmail.com>
>> It's great but the main focus is nomenclature and, like most of these
>> types of sites, it's VERY species-centric - you can only see distribution
>> of one species at a time, not the whole genus or family. (You can do this
>> on GBIF, one of its best points). For comparing distributions (e.g. to
>> which species are allopatric) it's much easier and faster to use the book
>> version that the maps are based on (12 maps per page):
>> J.-P. LEBRUN & A. L. STORK (1991-2015). Tropical African Flowering
>> Ecology and Distribution, 8 vols. Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de
>> Ville de Genève.
>> But the set costs about $US1000, so one option is to print paper versions
>> of the maps from the website for a group that you're interested in.
>> On Sat, Jan 30, 2016 at 10:20 AM, John Grehan <calabar.john at gmail.com>
>>> Since there seem to be quite a few biodiversity database specialists on
>>> this list I would be curious as to whether anyone has an informed
>>> abut the relative quality of the African Plant Database at African
>>> Database (version 3.4.0). Conservatoire et Jardin botaniques de la Ville
>>> Genève and South African National Biodiversity Institute, Pretoria.
>>> Bearing in mind that no database is perfect, I am interested to see if
>>> own impression is that it is satisfactory - that the site provides quite
>>> reasonable level of accuracy, including distribution maps (yes maps!
>>> perfect for biogeogrpahy) that distinguish different sources (e.g.
>>> herbarium specimens). Of course no site may stand alone I and where
>>> possible I try to corroborate with alternative sources - but its not
>>> John Grehan
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>> Dunedin, New Zealand.
>> My books:
>> *Panbiogeography: Tracking the history of life*. Oxford University Press,
>> New York. 1999. (With R. Craw and J. Grehan).
>> *Molecular panbiogeography of the tropics. *University of California
>> Press, Berkeley. 2012. www.ucpress.edu/book.php?isbn=9780520271968
>> *Biogeography of Australasia: A molecular analysis*. Cambridge
>> University Press, Cambridge. 2014. www.cambridge.org/9781107041028
>> *Biogeography and evolution in New Zealand. *Taylor and Francis, Boca
>> Raton FL. 2016. www.tandf.net/books/details/9781498751872/
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