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FBIP: SeaKeys - Iziko_UCT_Historical Fish

Latest version published by South African National Biodiversity Institute on Jun 30, 2020 South African National Biodiversity Institute

Around the 1930’s Stevenson and Day along with the University of Cape Town (UCT) started up the UCT ecological survey project which aimed to create a reference collection of the biodiversity along the southern African coastline and various other localities around the world (e.g. Beaufort shelf transect Alaska, Madagascar, etc.) (Griffiths et al. 2010). Initially the survey/project was conducted along the shoreline of southern Africa (estimated collection areas: 36). The survey/project was later expanded to surveying the estuaries of southern Africa (estimated collection areas: 17). The survey/project was completed by conducting deeper water trawls and dredges of the west, south and east coast of southern Africa. It is important to note that each collection area contains various collection sites, for example False Bay (collection area) contains an estimated 856 collection sites. The reference collection and registers were donated to the IZIKO South African museum in the 1960’s by UCT. Numerous amounts of literature have been published by using the data in the registers (Barnard 1951, Stock & Day 1959, Stock & Day 1962, Griffiths 1974, Blaber 1974 and Griffiths et al. 2010). Currently there are a number of taxanomic projects underway, that rely on the data contained within the registers. By making the data available in a sensible electronic format will greatly improve the time taken to complete current and future projects that rely on the registers for data. Along with the reference specimen collection it also contains a vast number of observational records, which could potentially provide a massive istorical database of species occurrences dating back to more than forty years ago. Datasets such as these could potentially give us greater insights into the effects of global change on biodiversity (Chapman 2005, Chapman 2010).

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 440 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

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Versions

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Bosman A (2020): FBIP: SeaKeys - Iziko_UCT_Historical Fish. v1.1. South African National Biodiversity Institute. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=iziko_uct_historical&v=1.1

Rights

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The publisher and rights holder of this work is South African National Biodiversity Institute. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: d71e908c-f944-4fdd-9872-178754a00805.  South African National Biodiversity Institute publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by South African Biodiversity Information Facility.

Keywords

Occurrence; Observation

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Albe Bosman
Collections Manager: Ichthyology
Iziko Museums 25 Queen Victoria street 8000 Cape Town Western Cape ZA 0832599130

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Albe Bosman
Collections Manager: Ichthyology
Iziko Museums 25 Queen Victoria street 8000 Cape Town Western Cape ZA 0832599130

Who filled in the metadata:

Albe Bosman
Collections Manager: Ichthyology
Iziko Museums 25 Queen Victoria street 8000 Cape Town Western Cape ZA 0832599130

Who else was associated with the resource:

Content Provider
Mahlatse Kgatla
FBIP Data Specialist
SANBI 2 Cussonia Avenue 0184 Pretoria Gauteng ZA 0128435196
http://fbip.co.za/contact/

Geographic Coverage

Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique)

Bounding Coordinates South West [-37.02, 7.383], North East [-10.488, 42.363]

Taxonomic Coverage

Marine Fish

Kingdom  Animalia (Marine Fish)

Temporal Coverage

Start Date / End Date 1937-07-07 / 2000-01-19

Project Data

Around the 1930’s Stevenson and Day along with the University of Cape Town (UCT) started up the UCT ecological survey project which aimed to create a reference collection of the biodiversity along the southern African coastline and various other localities around the world (e.g. Beaufort shelf transect Alaska, Madagascar, etc.) (Griffiths et al. 2010). Initially the survey/project was conducted along the shoreline of southern Africa (estimated collection areas: 36). The survey/project was later expanded to surveying the estuaries of southern Africa (estimated collection areas: 17). The survey/project was completed by conducting deeper water trawls and dredges of the west, south and east coast of southern Africa. It is important to note that each collection area contains various collection sites, for example False Bay (collection area) contains an estimated 856 collection sites. The reference collection and registers were donated to the IZIKO South African museum in the 1960’s by UCT. Numerous amounts of literature have been published by using the data in the registers (Barnard 1951, Stock & Day 1959, Stock & Day 1962, Griffiths 1974, Blaber 1974 and Griffiths et al. 2010). Currently there are a number of taxanomic projects underway, that rely on the data contained within the registers. By making the data available in a sensible electronic format will greatly improve the time taken to complete current and future projects that rely on the registers for data. Along with the reference specimen collection it also contains a vast number of observational records, which could potentially provide a massive istorical database of species occurrences dating back to more than forty years ago. Datasets such as these could potentially give us greater insights into the effects of global change on biodiversity (Chapman 2005, Chapman 2010).

Title SeaKeys - Iziko_UCT_Historical Fish
Identifier IBIP-ITP13060118420
Funding Foundational Biodiversity Information Programme
Study Area Description Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique)

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Kerry Sink

Sampling Methods

Museum registers that house the observational data

Study Extent Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Mozambique)
Quality Control Some georeferencing was done, needs further verification of georeferences and taxonomic verification.

Method step description:

  1. Various methods used, outlined in the spreadsheet

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers http://ipt.sanbi.org.za/iptsanbi/resource?r=iziko_uct_historical