A georeferenced dataset for occurrence records of the phylum Rotifera in Africa

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We report a dataset of all known and published occurrence records of animals of the phylum Rotifera, including Bdelloidea, Monogononta, and Seisonacea (with the exclusion of Acanthocephala) for Africa and surrounding islands and archipelagos. The dataset includes 24,704 records of 914 taxa (subspecies: 38; species: 783; genus: 76; family: 17), gathered from 610 published papers. The published literature spans from 1854 to 2022, with the highest number of records in the decades 1990-1999 and 2010-2019. The African countries with the highest number of taxa are Nigeria, Algeria, South Africa, and Democratic Republic of the Congo, whereas no records are yet available for a dozen countries. The number of species known from each country can be explained mostly by sampling efforts, measured as the number of papers published for each country up to now. The dataset is available through the Open Science Framework (OSF) and in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF).

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Supporting Agencies

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), U.S. National Science Foundation, Division of Environmental Biology, Ripon College, TX, USA, Slovak Scientific Grant Agency, National Biodiversity Future Center (NBFC)
Tommaso Cancellario, National Research Council, Water Research Institute (CNR-IRSA), Verbania Pallanza

Department of Biology, University of the Balearic Islands, Ctra. Valldemossa km 7.5, 07122 Palma, Spain

How to Cite

Fresno Lopez, Zacarias, Tommaso Cancellario, Diego Fontaneto, Lyudmila Kamburska, Karimullah Karimullah, Robert L. Wallace, Elizabeth J. Walsh, and Radoslav Smolak. 2023. “A Georeferenced Dataset for Occurrence Records of the Phylum Rotifera in Africa”. Journal of Limnology 82 (s1). https://doi.org/10.4081/jlimnol.2023.2116.

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