Online dissemination of taxonomic information on family-, genus- and species-group names of global Gracillariidae and all moths of the entire Afrotropical region.
De Prins, J.
De Prins, W.
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Currently, many studies on taxonomic revisions and molecular phylogenies are hampered by the fact that the world fauna of Lepidoptera is still not inventoried. Therefore, we are convinced that the scientific society badly needs a reliable and well structured packet of information containing the essential items: taxonomy and type specimens, host plants, distribution and parasitoids. The searchable website Global Taxonomic Database of Gracillariidae got a new, modern layout and its own URL: www.gracillariidae.net. Furthermore, this website became much more user-friendly because of the possibility to search on any taxonomic or geographical name, retaining the advanced search possibilities as well. Differently from many other websites with only a simple search possibility, a user of the website Global Gracillariidae has obtained the search possibility of creating any combination of taxonomic, biological, distribution and ecological (parasitoid) keywords he/she needs. This website provides an online database of Gracillariidae (Lepidoptera) on a worldwide basis, updated with the latest information obtained from published sources and from our own studies. It currently holds information on family-group names: 17 genus-group names: 142 (recognized genera: 99) species-group names: 2,579 (recognized species: 1,855) The current list is continuously updated and information on the original description, type locality, types and their depository, distribution, host plants, and parasitoids is added at a regular basis. We added the information on the unplaced species, fossil species, and taxa transferred to other families. In a later stage also pictures will be added. We have checked the information on the primary types deposited in 57 museums all over the world. The website AfroMoths, available at http://www.afromoths.net/, provides an online database of ALL the Afrotropical moth species (Lepidoptera), updated with the latest information obtained from published sources and from our own studies. It currently holds information on family-group names: 573 genus-group names: 7,140 (recognized genera: 4,042) species-group names: 32,248 (recognized species: 24,029) The current list is continuously updated and information on the original description, type locality, types and their depository, distribution and foodplants is added at a regular basis. It covers the species information from the zoogeographic area which can be defined as the Africa continent south of the Sahara (i.e. excl. Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya and Egypt), the islands in the Atlantic Ocean: Amsterdam Island, Ascension, Cape Verde Archipelago, Inaccessible Island, St. Helena, São Tomé and Principe, Tristan da Cunha, and the islands in the Indian Ocean: Comores (Anjouan, Grande Comore, Mayotte, Mohéli), Madagascar, Mascarene Islands (La Réunion, Mauritius, Rodrigues), Seychelles (Félicité, Mahé, Praslin, Silhouette, a.o.). Furthermore, also those moth species occurring in the transition zone to the Palaearctic fauna have been included, namely most of the Arabia Peninsula (Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Yemen with Socotra) but not Iraq, Jordan and further north. Both websites are cited as the reference source in Wikispecies, which indicates the reliability and quality of the websites. Both websites were composed by a very small team the authors of this presentation.
CitationDe Prins, J.; De Prins, W. (2011). Online dissemination of taxonomic information on family-, genus- and species-group names of global Gracillariidae and all moths of the entire Afrotropical region.. , XVIIth European Congress of Lepidopterology, 24,