Saltabel - Orthoptera in Belgium

Occurrence dataset published by Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)

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Saltabel - Orthoptera in Belgium


The Saltabel dataset deals with grasshopper and cricket occurrences in Belgium. The data are largely gathered by volunteer naturalists, who also reviewed and digitised data from existing museum and university collections in Belgium. Input in a database, feedback to observers, validation and database maintenance were cared for by a professional employee at the Institute for Nature Conservation (IN). The Saltabel (Salta < Saltatoria; bel > Belgium) working group was established in 1989. The purpose of this project was mainly to collect information about the distribution, faunistics and ecology of grasshoppers and crickets in Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg. The working group produced a newsletter which appeared irregularly in the period 1989-2002 with the intention to inform observers about latest findings, interesting observations, ecological research etc., provide feedback to naturalists and to raise awareness about the conservation value of Orthoptera in general. During this periode, the working group was most active and organised annual weekends, in turn organized in Belgium, the Netherlands and sometimes also northern France . These weekends were intended to perform inventories for badly prospected regions and to stimulate knowledge exchange between collaborators. In 1997, a standard work on the grasshoppers and crickets of The Netherlands was published using data from this project (Kleukers et al. 1997). In 2000, a provisional atlas and red lists of grasshoppers and crickets in Flanders , Brussels and Wallonia was published (Decleer et al. 2000), providing the first major output of this faunistic project for Belgium. As a consequence, the interest for grasshoppers and crickets in conservation increased, as these insects became important indicators of natural quality and successful nature management. After this milestone, the working group lost some incentive, the network of volunteers was no longer professionally supported and Saltabel became less active. In 2006, a dedicated survey was organised in Brussels Capital Region through the SaltaBru project, greatly increasing the number of records for this region. More recently, Saltabel became a study group of the Flemish NGO Natuurpunt and the working group revived with numerous activities and a growing number of recorders involved ( Since 2011, the online encoding platform is promoted and used for online reporting of records. Since 2012, the focus of the working group was put on enhancing the knowledge of threatened species in Flanders, with dedicated surveys prospecting historically known locations of e.g. Stenobothrus stigmaticus, Stenobothrus lineatus and Ephippiger ephippiger. The database described here, however, does not contain these recent records. The Netherlands are currently also working on a new atlas through (


The dataset was developed to create the red lists of Orthoptera in Flanders, Wallonia, and the Brussels Capital Region. Further the data was used to create an atlas of Orthoptera in Belgium.

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Temporal coverages

Date range: Jan 1, 1800 - Jul 11, 2011

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Administrative contact
Tim Adriaens
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region Belgium
Metadata author
Dimitri Brosens
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region Belgium
Tim Adriaens
Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)
Kliniekstraat 25 1070 Brussels Brussels Capital Region Belgium

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Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO)

Publication Date

Nov 18, 2013

Registration Date

Sep 12, 2013

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Taxonomic Coverage

This dataset contains occurrences of the order Orthoptera (grasshoppers & crickets), from the families Tettigoniidae, Gryllidae, Gryllotalpidae, Tetrigidae, and Acrididae.

Orthoptera (grasshoppers & crickets)
Ensifera, Caelifera
Gryllidae (true crickets), Gryllotalpidae (mole crickets), Tetrigidae (pygmy grasshoppers), Acrididae (short-horned grasshoppers), Tettigoniidae (bush-crickets)
Acheta domesticus (Linneaus, 1758), Barbitistes serricauda (Fabricius, 1798), Calliptamus italicus (Linneaus, 1758), Chorthippus albomarginatus (Degeer, 1773), Chorthippus biguttulus (Linneaus, 1758), Chorthippus brunneus (Thunberg, 1815), Chorthippus dorsatus (Zetterstedt, 1821), Chorthippus mollis (Charpentier, 1825), Chorthippus montanus (Charpentier, 1825), Chorthippus parallelus (Zetterstedt, 1821), Chorthippus vagans (Eversmann, 1848), Chrysochraon dispar (Germar, 1835), Conocephalus discolor (Thunberg, 1815), Conocephalus dorsalis (Latreille, 1804), Decticus verrucivorus (Linneaus, 1758), Ephippiger ephippiger (Serville, 1831), Euthystira brachyptera (Ocskay, 1826), Gampsocleis glabra (Herbst, 1786), Gomphocerripus rufus (Linneaus, 1758), Gryllotalpa gryllotalpa (Linneaus, 1758), Gryllus campestris (Linneaus, 1758), Leptophyes punctatissima (Bosc, 1792), Locusta migratoria (Linneaus, 1758), Meconema meridionale (Costa, 1860), Meconema thalassinum (Degeer, 1773), Metrioptera bicolor (Philippi, 1830), Metrioptera brachyptera (Linneaus, 1761), Metrioptera roeselii (Hagenbach, 1822), Myrmeleotettix maculatus (Thunberg, 1815), Nemobius sylvestris (Bosc, 1792), Oecanthus pellucens (Scopoli, 1763), Oedipoda caerulescens (Linneaus, 1758), Oedipoda germanica (Latreille, 1804), Omocestus rufipes (Zetterstedt, 1821), Omocestus viridulus (Linneaus, 1758), Phaneroptera falcata (Poda, 1761), Pholidoptera griseoaptera (Degeer, 1773), Platycleis albopunctata (Goez, 1778), Platycleis tessellata (Charpentier, 1825), Psophus stridulus (Linneaus, 1758), Sphingonotus caerulans (Linneaus, 1767), Stenobothrus lineatus (Panzer, 1796), Stenobothrus stigmaticus (Rambur, 1839), Stethophyma grossum (Linneaus, 1758), Tetrix bipunctata (Linneaus, 1758), Tetrix ceperoi (Bolivar, 1887), Tetrix subulata (Linneaus, 1758), Tetrix tenuicornis (Sahlberg, 1893), Tetrix undulata (Sowerby, 1806), Tettigonia cantans (Fuessly, 1775), Tettigonia viridissima (Linneaus, 1758)

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This dataset contains Orthoptera occurrences in Belgium.


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This dataset contains Orthoptera occurrences in Belgium.


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Associated parties

Content provider
Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS)
Content provider
Gilles San Martin
Saltabel, SaltaBru
Content provider
Jorg Lambrechts


Study extent

The data are gathered in the context of an atlas on Orthoptera in Belgium and the creation of regional red lists for grasshoppers and crickets in Flanders, Wallonia, and the Brussels Capital Region.

Sampling description

The data mostly comprise loose human observations by volunteer naturalists. Also a significant amount of records originate from net sampling and the intelligent use of bat detectors, and digitized data from existing museum and university collections in Belgium.

Quality control

Data are first validated by experts; only the validated records are published.

Method Steps

  1. Observations pertaining to common species which were previously validated to occur in the neighbouring grid cells of 5 x 5 km squares are automatically validated. Observations of species that are considered rare, or common species that have not been recorded in the neighbouring grid cells are subjected to a manual control by experts.

Collection name

RBINS Insect Collection

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Parent Collection Identifier

RBINS Insect Collection

Specimen Preservation method



Decleer, K., Devriese, H., Hofmans, K., Lock, K., Barenbrug, B. & Maes D. (2000). Voorlopige atlas en "rode lijst" van de sprinkhanen en krekels van België (Insecta, Orthoptera). Werkgroep Saltabel i.s.m. I.N. en K.B.I.N., Rapport Instituut voor Natuurbehoud 2000/10, Brussel, 76 p. / Atlas et "liste rouge" provisoire des sauterelles, grillons et criquets de Belgique (Insecta, Orthoptera). Groupe de travail Saltabel e.c.a. I.N. et I.R.S.N.B., Rapport Instituut voor Natuurbehoud 2000/10, Bruxelles, 76 p. , ISBN 90-403-0119-0