Virtual Museum 2014 – progress to Voting Day 7 May 2014

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Virtual Museum 2014 – progress to Voting Day 7 May 2014

  1. 1. Virtual Museum 2014 – progress to Voting Day 7 May 2014 Les Underhill and Megan Loftie-Eaton Animal Demography Unit University of Cape Town
  2. 2. During 2013 we added 32249 records to the Virtual Museum. Up to 7 May, we have already added 20016 records in 2014, 60% of the whole of last year!!
  3. 3. The most spectacular progress has been made by LepiMAP. 7365 records have been added already this year LepiMAP is the Atlas of African Lepidoptera. LepiMAP is a citizen science project which aims to determine the distribution and conservation priorities of butterflies and moths on the entire African continent
  4. 4. The total number of records in the Virtual Museum database has grown to 607427, including non-photographic records, mainly museum specimens, for butterflies, frogs and reptiles
  5. 5. The big publishing event of 2013 was the the “butterfly atlas” – the big event of 2014 so far is the publication of the reptile atlas, the culmination of the Southern African Reptile Conservation Assessment (SABCA) which was launched in April
  6. 6. There are now more than 10000 records in PHOWN, which collects PHOtos of Weaver Nests for the 117 species of weaver in the world, of which 112 are endemic to Africa and the other five to southern Asia
  7. 7. OdonataMAP, for dragonflies and damselflies, needs 357 records to reach 10000. This project has generated new species for South Africa, and made a massive contribution to range expansions
  8. 8. The first thing needed to do a conservation assessment of a species is an accurate and current distribution map. Please help us build the 21st century distribution maps for thousands of species
  9. 9. Unless we get your piece of the jigsaw puzzle, the distribution maps for a species will be incomplete
  10. 10. The instructions for submitting records to the Virtual Museum are available at http://www.slideshare.net/mega nloftieeaton/how-to-submit- records-to-the-animal- demography-units-virtual- museums-28710898

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