GalliForm, a database of Galliformes occurrence records from the Indo-Malay and Palaearctic, 1800-2008.
Ang, Tzo Tze
Clark, Natalie E
O' Connor, Kim
McGowan, Philip JK
Springer Science and Business Media LLC
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Boakes, E. H., Fuller, R. A., Mace, G. M., Ding, C., Ang, T. T., Auffret, A. G., Clark, N. E., et al. (2020). GalliForm, a database of Galliformes occurrence records from the Indo-Malay and Palaearctic, 1800-2008.. Sci Data, 7 (1) https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-00690-0
Historical as well as current species distribution data are needed to track changes in biodiversity. Species distribution data are found in a variety of sources, each of which has its own distinct bias toward certain taxa, time periods or places. We present GalliForm, a database that comprises 186687 galliform occurrence records linked to 118907 localities in Europe and Asia. Records were derived from museums, peer-reviewed and grey literature, unpublished field notes, diaries and correspondence, banding records, atlas records and online birding trip reports. We describe data collection processes, georeferencing methods and quality-control procedures. This database has underpinned several peer-reviewed studies, investigating spatial and temporal bias in biodiversity data, species' geographic range changes and local extirpation patterns. In our rapidly changing world, an understanding of long-term change in species' distributions is key to predicting future impacts of threatening processes such as land use change, over-exploitation of species and climate change. This database, its historical aspect in particular, provides a valuable source of information for further studies in macroecology and biodiversity conservation.
Data Descriptor, /704/158/670, /704/158/672, /704/158/851, /704/158/1144, data-descriptor
Leverhulme Trust (F/07/08/AK, F/07/08/AK)
External DOI: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41597-020-00690-0
This record's URL: https://www.repository.cam.ac.uk/handle/1810/329358