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Species location source for Google Earth
July 10, 2013
7:31 am
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BillT
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A friend of mine showed be today how to download data from the Global Biodiversity Information Facility in a form that is than displayed in Google Earth.

Google Earth is a free program from Google (http://www.google.com/earth/do.....agree.html). It displays the world as a globe and allows things to be mapped onto that system.

 

To get species locations:

1) Go to the Global Biodiversity Information Facility website (http://www.gbif.org/).

2) Click the access data portal button (upper right).

3) At a new page. Type in a species or genus name and hit search

4) At a new page listing search results. Click one of the results.

5) At a new page with info on the item you clicked. In the purple box "Actions for <search term>", click: Download: placemarks for Google Earth. You'll get a .klm file after unzipping which can be opened in Google Earth.

 

I tried this with Danios as a genus as well as a few specific species. This worked pretty well. There were different colored marks for each species locations.

Some locations that appeared to be labs or fish farms where obvious because they were in completely different parts of the world, like North America vs. South Asia.

Some species (like pearl danios) have wide distributions across many drainage basins, while the distributions of other species aer much more restricted. Makes you wonder...

 

He also has some river drainage basins on to his maps (globes) but hasn't figured out completely how to get these for himself. So I await illumination on finding out how to do that.

Bill Trevarrow [email protected]
July 10, 2013
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Quite cool - do you know where the locality info is obtained from Bill?

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July 10, 2013
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Hi Matt,

 

Not always very accurate but the data is sourced from :-

 

According to The Species 2000 and ITIS Catalogue of Life: FishBase in Species 2000 and ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2011 

 

http://www.catalogueoflife.org.....d/12592953  which in turn points to fishbase.

 

For example I searched for Balitora brucei.. 

http://data.gbif.org/species/2357530/

 

Table of results

17 items found, displaying all items.

Scientific Name Dataset Institution Code Collection Code Catalogue Number Basis of Record Date Coordinates Country  
Balitora brucei Fishbase FishBase Occurrence BMNH 1867.5.30.16 Specimen   13.032°N, 80.251°E India View
Homaloptera brucei Australian Museum provider for OZCAM AM Ichthyology B.7713 Specimen   13.083°N, 80.3°E India View
Balitora brucei UF FLMNH Ichthyology UF Fish 172558 Specimen 12/12/2007 22.4954°N, 92.1861°E Bangladesh View
Balitora brucei NRM-Fishes NRM NRM-Fish 58709 Specimen   23.6204°N, 94.1255°E Myanmar View
Balitora brucei Fishbase FishBase Occurrence AMNH 15317 Specimen   25.3°N, 91.7°E India View
Balitora brucei Fishbase FishBase Occurrence BMNH 1928.9.17.1-3 Specimen   25.5189°N, 91.267°E India View
Balitora brucei Fishbase FishBase Occurrence CAS 127500 Specimen   25.3°N, 91.7°E India View
Balitora brucei KUBI Ichthyology Collection KU KUI 28866 Specimen 14/03/1996 27.4833°N, 83.94°E Nepal View
Balitora brucei KUBI Ichthyology Collection KU KUI 28883 Specimen 13/03/1996 27.435°N, 83.8883°E 
(coordinates fall outside specified country, territory or island)
Nepal View
Balitora brucei KUBI Ichthyology Collection KU KUI 29504 Specimen 04/08/1996 27.4433°N, 83.905°E 
(coordinates fall outside specified country, territory or island)
Nepal View
Balitora brucei KUBI Ichthyology Collection KU KUI 28636 Specimen 12/02/1996 27.1°N, 85.4833°E Nepal View
Balitora brucei NRM-Fishes NRM NRM-Fish 18796 Specimen   27.35°N, 97.4°E Myanmar View
Balitora brucei Fishbase FishBase Occurrence NRM 18796 Specimen   27.35°N, 97.4°E Myanmar View
Balitora brucei KUBI Ichthyology Collection KU KUI 28711 Specimen 27/02/1996 28.9517°N, 80.255°E Nepal View
Balitora brucei KUBI Ichthyology Collection KU KUI 28783 Specimen 02/03/1996 28.4°N, 81.2°E Nepal View
Balitora brucei KUBI Ichthyology Collection KU KUI 29072 Specimen 15/06/1996 28.0333°N, 84.0667°E Nepal View
Balitora brucei KUBI Ichthyology Collection KU KUI 29622 Specimen   28.0333°N, 84.0667°E Nepal View

17 items found, displaying all items.

 

July 10, 2013
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Quite cool – do you know where the locality info is obtained from Bill?

 

From the Danio records I looked at it is my impression that the "localities" are not always wild locations, because they seem to be from records of taxonomic investigations. Not all of these are obtained from the wild. A lot of molecular stuff is done with the most easily available specimen(s or i?). These are often available from pet stores, fish farms, or online and would be reported from those locations not some part of the natural range.

When I wrote the initial post, I tried to stay away from saying it was a natural range. I guess its more like reported sources of the animals in one or more collections that has been made available electronically.

Bill Trevarrow [email protected]
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