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Austin ecn2013

  1. 1. Everything you wanted to know about the Australian fauna: the on-line Australian Fauna Directory Andy Austin Australian Centre for Evolutionary Biology & Biodiversity The University of Adelaide Alice Wells and Christy Geromboux Australian Biological Resources Study Department of Sustainability, Environment, Water, Population & Communities, ACT
  2. 2. ABRS 2013 – Celebrating its 40th anniversary!
  3. 3. ABRS Printed Catalogues Zoological Catalogues of Australia
  4. 4. Australian Faunal Directory – History and Development • AFD was initiated in 2001 • Has grown slowly since then • Expanded by ABRS staff and short-term contracts with researchers to complete specific groups • In 2010 ABRS initiated a program to accelerated the AFD to bring it up to date • Funding support from the Atlas of Living Australia (ALA) • Oracle 11 database with two Java web applications (the editor and the public pages), and a web services layer
  5. 5. Total species/subspecies in AFD – last 3 years 140000 120000 80000 Currently 118,834 species/subspecies; 29,500 new species names added sine June 2010, and a further 37,000 updated : 35% increase 60000 40000 Sep… May… Jan… Sep… May… Sep… May… Jan… 0 Sep… 20000 Jan… Now more than 90%+ complete overall, and 98%+ for terrestrial invertebrates May… Number of species 100000
  6. 6. www.environment.gov.au/biodiversity/abrs/online-resources/fauna/afd/home 1. A taxonomic catalogue of all valid species names for the Australian fauna 2. Includes biological/ecological details for many groups 3. Co-operative effort by scientists and ABRS 4. Publicly accessible, free, maintained on an Australian Govt server 5. Online Editor for updating, controlled access 6. Allows for significant data analysis
  7. 7. Search by name
  8. 8. Search by Group
  9. 9. The Checklist
  10. 10. Species information
  11. 11. Down-loads — Various forms  Simple names list or complete catalogue  CSV files (~Excel spreadsheet)  Statistics  Host-parasite or plant food lists  Regional species lists (e.g. Lord Howe Is)  Reference lists  Potentially many more (Dist’n maps, images) BUT depends on what data are available
  12. 12. Generate statistics for any valid/accepted taxon
  13. 13. Generate host-parasite or food plant lists
  14. 14. Bibliographies (approx. 105,000 references)
  15. 15. The on-line editor Functions by: • ABRS assignment of section (taxon) to compiler • Compiler able to work anywhere with internet access • Once finished, section assigned back to ABRS • Checked by ABRS • Copied to the AFD Public web app. (replaces earlier section) • History of changes and compilers are stored in database
  16. 16. The Described Terrestrial Arthropod Fauna Myriapoda (700 spp.) (70 spp.) Onychophora Hexapoda (67,400 spp.) Arachnida (7,400 spp.)
  17. 17. The Described Hexapod Fauna Minor orders 1,050 spp. Blattodea 1,500 spp. Orthoptera Thysanoptera Hymenoptera 11,660 spp. Lepidoptera 10,800 spp. Diptera 8,500 spp. Trichoptera Hemiptera 5,700 spp.. 870 spp. Neuroptera 560 spp. Coleoptera 23,800 spp.
  18. 18. Total valid species for 5 major insect groups and mites in Australia 25000 20000 Total valid names Coleoptera 15000 Lepidoptera 10000 Hymenoptera 5000 Diptera Hemiptera Acari 0 1750 1800 1850 1900 Year 1950 2000
  19. 19. Applications of the AFD? First complete catalogue of a country/continental fauna • Primary data for taxonomic research – history, literature, type depositories, etc • Checking valid names (spelling) for Govt agencies (agriculture), biodiversity studies, journal editors, etc • Biosecurity issues • Distributional data for ecological research, conservation, etc
  20. 20. The future of AFD? • Depends on systematics community support for data entry • Perceived value to potential users including branches of Government • Input of $$$$ from Government, possibly from users?
  21. 21. Acknowledgements • ABRS staff Pam Beesley, Brigitte Kuchlmayr • AFD contributors/compilers/referees • ANBG/ABRS IT team • Australian Government • ALA for recent funding

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