Formidabel; Belgian Ants Database

Occurrence dataset published by BeBIF Provider

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Formidabel; Belgian Ants Database

Description

FORMIDABEL is a database of Belgian Ants containing more than 27.000 occurrence records. These records originate from collections, field sampling and literature. The database gives information on 76 native and 9 introduced ant species found in Belgium. The collection records originated mainly from the Ants collection in Royal Belgian Institute of Natural Sciences (RBINS), the ‘Gaspar’ Ants collection in Gembloux and the zoological collection of the University of Liège (ULG). The oldest occurrences date back from May 1866, the most recent refer to August 2012. FORMIDABEL is a work in progress and the database is updated on a regular basis. Twice a year the database is updated with data from the North and the South of the country. The latest version of the dataset is publicly and freely accessible through this url: http://ipt.biodiversity.be/resource.do?r=formidabel. The dataset is also retrievable via the GBIF data portal through this link: http://data.gbif.org/datasets/resource/14697 A dedicated geo-portal, developed by the Belgian Biodiversity Platform is accessible at: http://www.formicidae-atlas.be FORMIDABEL is a joint cooperation of the Flemish ants working group "Polyergus" and the Wallonian ants working group "FourmisWalBru". The database was created in 2002 in the context of the preliminary red data book of Flemish Ants (Dekoninck et al. 2003). Later in 2005, data from the Southern part of Belgium; Wallonia and Brussels were added. Twice a year the database is updated with data from the North and the South of the country. FORMIDABEL is a work in progress and the database is updated on a regular basis. The latest version of the dataset is publicly and freely accessible through this url: http://ipt.biodiversity.be/resource.do?r=formidabel All the records in FORMIDABEL are georeferenced through the centroid coordinates of the corresponding UTM 5 Km square. Therefore, the uncertainty of these coordinates is 3.500 meters, the distance between the centre and the corner of the UTM square. FORMIDABEL follows the taxonomy of Seifert (2007) for most genera and Radchenko & Elmes (2010) only for the genus Myrmica. A dedicated geo-portal showing Formidabel records is accessible at: http://www.formicidae-atlas.be/

Purpose

The dataset was developed for the creation of the first Belgian ant Atlas

Additional Information

This dataset was originally created to develop the Belgian Ants Atlas. However, the dataset can be reused for a variety of purposes. Since the link between individual data records and underlined specimens (stored in multiple collections) is not recorded, we doubt if the dataset can be used for taxonomic or systematic studies. However, this being an occurrence dataset, it can be used for understanding species richness, distribution pattern and modeling studies such as ecological niche modeling. In order to enhance the confidence of use, we have documented the metadata as well as subjected the data records to a series of quality assessment and enhancement processes as described in the earlier section quality control description.

Temporal coverages

Date range: May 5, 1866 - Dec 31, 2011

Language of Data

 

Administrative contact
Wouter Dekoninck
Curator entomology collections
RBINS Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels Brussels Capital Region Belgium 0032 (0) 2 627 42 98
Metadata author
Wouter Dekoninck
Curator entomology collections
RBINS Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels Brussels Capital Region Belgium 0032 (0) 2 627 42 98
Originator
Wouter Dekoninck
Curator entomology collections
RBINS Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels Brussels Capital Region Belgium 0032 (0) 2 627 42 98

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BeBIF Provider

Publication Date

Nov 28, 2013

Registration Date

Feb 13, 2013

Served by

Belgian BIF IPT

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Taxonomic Coverage

The taxonomic coverage of this database spans the full range of ants pertaining to Belgium (outdoor living ant species and exotic introduced species). The determination level is species level and if appropriate also hybrid level. The taxonimic authority followed is: Seifert 2007 and Boer 2010

PHYLUM
Artropoda
SUBPHYLUM
Hexapoda
CLASS
Insecta
ORDER
Hymenoptera
SUBORDER
Apocrita
SUPERFAMILY
Vespoidea
FAMILY
Formicidae

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Geographic Coverage

Belgium is a small country in Western Europe. To the west, its 70 km coastline fronts the North Sea; to the north lies the Netherlands; to the east, Germany, and to the south, France and Luxembourg. Biologically, the fauna of eastern Belgium belongs to the Central European Province of the Eurasian (Palaearctic) Region. By contrast, the rest of the country primarily consists of an Atlantic fauna plus few Central European relict species. Politically and geographically, the country is divided into three parts: Flanders, Wallonia and the Brussels Capital Region. In Flanders (13,522 km² and population about 6 million people), to the north, soils are mainly sandy to loamy. Here, the most important habitats for ants are heathlands and dry grasslands. The Brussels Capital Region is a small region (162 km²) within Flanders and is entirely situated in the sandy loam area. In Wallonia (17,006 km² and about 3,5 million people), to the south, soils and habitats are more diverse, ranging from forests to rocky and calcareous grasslands on loam and chalky soils. Eastern Wallonia, near the German border, includes the Hautes Fagnes, a large area of bogs and peat with some typical ant species.

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Associated parties

Processor
Dimitri Brosens
INBO Kliniekstraat 1070 Brussels Belgium
Custodian steward
David Ignace
FourmisWalBru Courcelles Hainaut Belgium
Point of contact
Philippe Wegnez
President "FourmisWalBru"
FourmisWalBru Herve Liége Belgium

Methodology

Study extent

The data was gathered in the context of the creation of the first Belgian Ant Atlas: "Verspreidingsatlas van de mieren van België - Atlas des fourmis de Belgique"

Sampling description

Pitfall sampling; hand sampling; sifting, nest sampling

Quality control

All the data was validated by the dataset curators

Method Steps

  1. A representative number of UTM squares has been sampled. A big portion of the data has been sampled by volonteers, another portion of the data originated from several projects and research programs. The data and specimens were send to the curators and after validation incorporated in the database.

References

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DEKONINCK W, MAELFAIT J-P, VANKERKHOVEN F, BAUGNÉE J-Y, & GROOTAERT P, 2006. – An update of the checklist of the Belgian ant fauna with comments on new species for the country (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Belgium Journal of Entomology, 8: 27-41.

DEKONINCK W, IGANCE D, VANKERKHOVEN F & WEGNEZ P, 2012. Verspreidingsatlas van de mieren van België/Atlas des fourmis de Belgique. Bulletin SRBE/KBVE, 148 (III): 91pp.

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DEKONINCK W, MAELFAIT J-P, VANKERKHOVEN F, BAUGNÉE J-Y, & GROOTAERT P, 2006. –An update of the checklist of the Belgian ant fauna with comments on new species for the country (Hymenoptera, Formicidae). Belgium Journal of Entomology, 8: 27-41. , http://antweb.org/belgium/Belgiumants2006.pdf

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