The Projects of the Virtual Museum
Megan Loftie-Eaton – Animal Demography Unit – University of Cape Town
This slideshow features the various projects within the Virtual
Museum of the Animal Demography Unit, Department of
Biolog...
PHOWN – PHotos Of Weaver Nests
PHOWN is a conservation
project aimed at determining
the distribution of colonies or
nests ...
PHOWN record 4142 – submitted to PHOWN by Geoff Nichols
Village Weavers
MammalMAP
the Mammal Atlas of Africa
The objective of MammalMAP
is to generate 21st century
distribution maps of Africa’s
...
MammalMAP record 7651 – submitted to MammalMAP by Nick Hart
African Wild Dog
LepiMAP
the Atlas of African Lepidoptera
LepiMAP is the continuation of
SABCA, the Southern African
Butterfly Conservation...
LepiMAP record 37452 – submitted to LepiMAP by Bertie Brink
African Pansy
ReptileMAP
Reptile mapping project
ReptileMAP is the continuation
of the Southern African Reptile
Conservation Assessment
...
ReptileMAP record 150744 – submitted to ReptileMAP
by Luke Verburgt
Rhombic Egg-eater
SpiderMAP
Baboon Spider Atlas of Africa
SpiderMAP aims to document the
distribution patterns of the Baboon
spiders belongi...
SpiderMAP record 1203 – submitted to SpiderMAP
by John Wilkinson
Ceratogyrus darlingi
FrogMAP
Amphibian mapping project
FrogMAP is the continuation of
the Southern African Frog Atlas
Project (SAFAP). It aims ...
FrogMAP record 613 – submitted to FrogMAP by Jason Boyce
Brown-backed Tree Frog
PHOWN – PHotos Of Weaver NestsScorpionMAP
Scorpion Atlas of Africa
Images of all African Scorpions
are welcomed and all co...
ScorpionMAP record 316 – submitted to ScorpionMAP
by Richard Jessnitz
Parabuthus raudus
BOP – Birds with Odd Plumages
Birds with all sorts of unusual
plumage variations are
observed from time to time.
BOP aims ...
BOP record 61 – submitted to BOP by Chris Krog
African Pied Wagtail
EchinoMAP
Atlas of African Echinoderma
Echinoderms (starfish, sea-
urchins, brittle-stars and their
kin) are conspicuous m...
EchinoMAP record 738 – submitted to EchinoMAP by George Branch
Marthasterias glacialis
OdonataMAP
Odonata Atlas of Southern Africa
OdonataMAP is a Virtual
Museum project aiming to:
(1) map the current
distribu...
OdonataMAP record 9205 – submitted to OdonataMAP by Wil Leurs
Two-Striped Skimmer
ViTH – Virtual Tree Herbarium
Southern African Atlas of
trees. Most trees can be
identified with photographs
of their bark...
Star-chestnut
ViTH record 242 – submitted to ViTH by Chloe Reynolds
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This slideshow features the various projects within the Virtual Museum of the Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town. The Virtual Museum (VM) provides the platform for citizen scientists to contribute to biodiversity projects. Your photos can count for biodiversity conservation!

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The Projects of The Virtual Museum

  1. 1. The Projects of the Virtual Museum Megan Loftie-Eaton – Animal Demography Unit – University of Cape Town
  2. 2. This slideshow features the various projects within the Virtual Museum of the Animal Demography Unit, Department of Biological Sciences, University of Cape Town. The Virtual Museum (VM) provides the platform for citizen scientists to contribute to biodiversity projects. Your photos can count for biodiversity conservation!
  3. 3. PHOWN – PHotos Of Weaver Nests PHOWN is a conservation project aimed at determining the distribution of colonies or nests of all weaver species globally. Counting weaver nests and taking photos allows monitoring of changes in weaver breeding effort. Many weavers are common while some weaver species are threatened; this project provides an easy way of monitoring them.
  4. 4. PHOWN record 4142 – submitted to PHOWN by Geoff Nichols Village Weavers
  5. 5. MammalMAP the Mammal Atlas of Africa The objective of MammalMAP is to generate 21st century distribution maps of Africa’s mammals. MammalMAP consists of digital photographic records of mammals along with accurate geographical coordinates of where the pictures were taken.
  6. 6. MammalMAP record 7651 – submitted to MammalMAP by Nick Hart African Wild Dog
  7. 7. LepiMAP the Atlas of African Lepidoptera LepiMAP is the continuation of SABCA, the Southern African Butterfly Conservation Assessment. LepiMAP is a project aimed at determining the distribution and conservation priorities of butterflies and moths on the African continent.
  8. 8. LepiMAP record 37452 – submitted to LepiMAP by Bertie Brink African Pansy
  9. 9. ReptileMAP Reptile mapping project ReptileMAP is the continuation of the Southern African Reptile Conservation Assessment (SARCA). It aims to improve our understanding of the diversity and distribution of reptiles in South Africa, Lesotho and Swaziland, and thereby make an improvement in the conservation status of these animals.
  10. 10. ReptileMAP record 150744 – submitted to ReptileMAP by Luke Verburgt Rhombic Egg-eater
  11. 11. SpiderMAP Baboon Spider Atlas of Africa SpiderMAP aims to document the distribution patterns of the Baboon spiders belonging to the family Theraphosidae. Photos of other spiders are also accepted but these will only be identified to family level. All spider records will be submitted to the South African National Survey of Arachnida (SANSA)
  12. 12. SpiderMAP record 1203 – submitted to SpiderMAP by John Wilkinson Ceratogyrus darlingi
  13. 13. FrogMAP Amphibian mapping project FrogMAP is the continuation of the Southern African Frog Atlas Project (SAFAP). It aims to build on the distribution data collected during seven years of fieldwork (1996-2003), plus earlier data compiled from museum records, private collections, the literature and conservation organizations.
  14. 14. FrogMAP record 613 – submitted to FrogMAP by Jason Boyce Brown-backed Tree Frog
  15. 15. PHOWN – PHotos Of Weaver NestsScorpionMAP Scorpion Atlas of Africa Images of all African Scorpions are welcomed and all contribute equally towards a better understanding of the distribution patterns of these fascinating creatures. The distribution of most species is poorly known and in most cases it is based on historical records. We need your photos to help map these distributions!
  16. 16. ScorpionMAP record 316 – submitted to ScorpionMAP by Richard Jessnitz Parabuthus raudus
  17. 17. BOP – Birds with Odd Plumages Birds with all sorts of unusual plumage variations are observed from time to time. BOP aims to provide a place where the photographs can be curated into one database. This will provide the opportunity to look for patterns. Do certain species have abnormal plumage more frequently than others? Do unusual plumage patterns occur more in some places than in others?
  18. 18. BOP record 61 – submitted to BOP by Chris Krog African Pied Wagtail
  19. 19. EchinoMAP Atlas of African Echinoderma Echinoderms (starfish, sea- urchins, brittle-stars and their kin) are conspicuous marine animals, frequently photographed by divers. EchinoMAP aims to collate all available images of echinoderms from South Africa, thus building up a comprehensive identification guide, as well as mapping the ranges of each species.
  20. 20. EchinoMAP record 738 – submitted to EchinoMAP by George Branch Marthasterias glacialis
  21. 21. OdonataMAP Odonata Atlas of Southern Africa OdonataMAP is a Virtual Museum project aiming to: (1) map the current distribution of the insect Order Odonata, i.e. Dragonflies and Damselflies, occurring in southern Africa; and (2) to serve as a repository of all existing distribution data for this group in the geographic extent of the project
  22. 22. OdonataMAP record 9205 – submitted to OdonataMAP by Wil Leurs Two-Striped Skimmer
  23. 23. ViTH – Virtual Tree Herbarium Southern African Atlas of trees. Most trees can be identified with photographs of their bark, their leaves and their flowers and/or fruit. Try to take pictures of all of these, from the same tree. The Virtual Museum allows you to upload a maximum of three images per record.
  24. 24. Star-chestnut ViTH record 242 – submitted to ViTH by Chloe Reynolds

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