Odonata Database of Africa

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Point locality database of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata) of continental Africa. Database of the IUCN SSC Dragonfly Specialist Group. Covers continental Africa including some island like Seychelles, Socotra, Bioko, Sao Tome and Principe and Canary Island but excluding Madagascar. Data derive from literature, museum collections and own observations of the group members and other collectors.

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Clausnitzer, V., K.-D.B. Dijkstra, R. Koch, J.-P. Boudot, W.R.T. Darwall, J. Kipping, B. Samraoui, M.J. Samways, J.P. Simaika, F. Suhling (2012). Focus on African Freshwaters: hotspots of dragonfly diversity and conservation concern. Frontiers in Ecology and the Environment 10: 129-134.


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GBIF Registration

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Clausnitzer, V., K.-D.B. Dijkstra, R. Koch, J.-P. Boudot, W.R.T. Darwall, J. Kipping, B. Samraoui, M.J. Samways, J.P. Simaika, F. Suhling
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Geographic Coverage

Continent: Africa

Bounding Coordinates South West [-34.689, -25.241], North East [37.316, 63.407]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Sampling Methods

No Description available

Method step description:

  1. commonly used series of methods steps regarding macro invertebrates (e.g. sampling, identification, data management)

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Associated publication(s): Simaika, J. P. and M. J. Samways. 2009. Reserve selection using Red Listed taxa in three global biodiversity hotspots: Dragonflies in South Africa. Biological Conservation 142: 638-651.
  2. BioFresh (publisher), Dijkstra K.-D.B., Kipping J. (providers) (2013) Odonata Database of Africa. Published on http://data.freshwaterbiodiversity.eu, accessed on [date]. doi:10.13148/bfcf21

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers BF_CF21