Uses of GBIF in scientific research

Peer-reviewed research citing GBIF as a data source, with at least one author from Indonesia.
Extracted from the Mendeley GBIF Public Library.

List of publications


    On the occurrence of Varanus nebulosus (Gray, 1831) (Squamata: Varanidae) on Riau Archipelago, Indonesia

    Zootaxa 3919(1) 197.

    The occurrence of Varanus nebulosus (Gray, 1831) on Sumatra still remains open for debates, while records are limited, especially those associated with a voucher specimen. The oldest record of V. nebulosus that is associated with a specimen, i.e. SMF 11554 is dated back to 1889 and presumably from Bengal (“Bengalen”), which now lies around Bangladesh. The specimen is kept at Senckenberg Museum Frankfurt (SMF) in Germany. We collected specimens from two islands in the Riau Archipelago, just west of Sumatra and provided new distribution data for this protected species of Monitor lizard in Indonesia. The two recent records represent populations of V. nebulosus other than those already known in the literature and are among the closest known occurrences to Sumatra. We suggest that islands in the Riau Archipelago might have been the stepping stones for a historical dispersal of this species from mainland Southeast Asia and Singapore.

    Keywords: Squamata, Varanidae

  • Setyawan, A., 2014.

    A new record of naturalized Selaginella uncinata (Desv.) Spring (Selaginellaceae) from Java, Indonesia

    Biodiversitas 15(2) 261-268.

    During extensive field research on the diversity and distribution of Selaginella in Java, between 2007 and 2014, an alien species have been found in nature, i.e. Selaginella uncinata. This species is a trailing herb with small, wiry, creeping main stem, fan-shaped branches, rooting at the nodes to c.a. 100 cm long or more; leaves are dimorphic, 4-ranked, and characterized by conspicuous blue iridescent; strobili are tetragonal, up to c.a. 2 cm long. S. uncinata found growing wild in the highlands with high rainfall, namely: Cibodas Botanical Garden, Cianjur, West Java and Tawangsari, in the city district of Wonosobo, Central Java, Indonesia. Transplant experiments indicate that this plant is able to grow and reproduce well in the lowlands (Depok, 107 m asl.) and the highlands (Wonosobo, 768 m asl.). In the experimental garden, it can compete with native species of Java selaginellas, for space, sunlight and nutrients. Therefore, the invasion ability of this species needs to be concerned.

    Keywords: alien, invasive, java, new record, selaginella uncinata

  • Webb, C., Slik, J., Triono, T., 2010.

    Biodiversity inventory and informatics in Southeast Asia

    Biodiversity and Conservation 19(4) 955-972.

    Rapidly changing land use in Southeast Asia threatens plant diversity, and reduces the time we have left to document it. Despite over 200 years of scientific plant exploration, many plant species have yet to be discovered. Moreover, we still have a very poor understanding of the distribution of known taxa in this biogeographically complex region. We review the current state of biodiversity exploration, using plants in Indonesia as an example. Traditional methods of collecting and describing species have provided a solid foundation for our understanding of plant biodiversity, but are insufficient for the pragmatic task of rapidly discovering and documenting today’s biodiversity before it is gone, because general collecting expeditions tend to be infrequent, and documentation of most new species must await taxonomic revisions many years in the future. Solutions to this exploration and documentation crisis (i) could use the abundant resource of enthusiastic, networked, national biology students, (ii) should employ biodiversity informatics tools to efficiently engage both specialists and parataxonomists, and (iii) might require adoption of new types of α-taxonomy, utilizing increasingly low-cost molecular methods and high resolution photographs. We describe emerging technologies that will facilitate this taxonomic development. We believe that a new golden age of biodiversity exploration may be dawning, just as biodiversity itself is most threatened, and are hopeful that increasing knowledge of biodiversity will be a positive force to slow its loss.

    Keywords: biodiversity, taxonomy