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How to create a species distribution
map in the Virtual Museum
Megan Loftie-Eaton – Animal Demography Unit – University of...
Today, we provide the recipe to creating a species map for a butterfly,
the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), directly off th...
Step 1: go to http://vmus.adu.org.za/
Step 2: Click on the LepiMAP logo
(or any other project logo from which you
want to extract a map)
Step 3: Down the left
hand side menu, click
on “Maps”
Step 4: Type any part of the scientific or
common name to activate the name search
Then click on
“Request
summary” – you
c...
Our server searches the LepiMAP database to find the records of
Vanessa cardui, and then creates the map and sends it to y...
The map is
delivered to you.
You can right
click on it and do
a “save image”
For the distribution maps for the butterflies, the turquoise circles
represents Virtual Museum records, and the orange squ...
You can help us by making your photos count for biodiversity
conservation and submitting them to the Animal Demography
Uni...
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How to create a species map from the ADU Virtual Museum data

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How to create a species map from the ADU Virtual Museum data

  1. 1. How to create a species distribution map in the Virtual Museum Megan Loftie-Eaton – Animal Demography Unit – University of Cape Town
  2. 2. Today, we provide the recipe to creating a species map for a butterfly, the Painted Lady (Vanessa cardui), directly off the current and live data in the LepiMAP database. You don’t need to login to access the maps. They are available to you, free of charge, anywhere in the world --- AND the recipe is the same for ALL the projects in the Virtual Museum
  3. 3. Step 1: go to http://vmus.adu.org.za/
  4. 4. Step 2: Click on the LepiMAP logo (or any other project logo from which you want to extract a map)
  5. 5. Step 3: Down the left hand side menu, click on “Maps”
  6. 6. Step 4: Type any part of the scientific or common name to activate the name search Then click on “Request summary” – you can get a distribution map for the whole of Africa too
  7. 7. Our server searches the LepiMAP database to find the records of Vanessa cardui, and then creates the map and sends it to you. This takes a few seconds
  8. 8. The map is delivered to you. You can right click on it and do a “save image”
  9. 9. For the distribution maps for the butterflies, the turquoise circles represents Virtual Museum records, and the orange squares represent mainly specimen records. When you look at the map, you can immediately see why we launched LepiMAP. It is instantly clear that there are lots of grid cells where the Painted Lady must occur, but for which we do not have records yet!
  10. 10. You can help us by making your photos count for biodiversity conservation and submitting them to the Animal Demography Unit’s Virtual Museum at http://vmus.adu.org.za and here is how: http://www.slideshare.net/meganloftieeaton/how-to-submit- records-to-the-animal-demography-units-virtual-museums- 28710898

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