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Occurrence Data of Small Carnivores (Mammalia, Carnivora) in the National Museums of Kenya Zoology Collection

Latest version published by National Museums of Kenya on Nov 29, 2018 National Museums of Kenya

This dataset provides information for all specimen records of small carnivores housed in both the Mammalogy and Osteology sections of the Mammal Collection at the National Museums of Kenya. A small carnivore in this instance is designated as any member of the mammalian Order Carnivora with adult males and females weighing on average less than 15 kg. For Kenya, this includes 31 species of carnivores. These data were generated in collaboration with students from Karatina University through workshops sponsored through Mpala Research Centre and using funds provided through the European Union and the Global Biodiversity Information Facility Biodiversity in Development grant program.

Data Records

The data in this occurrence resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 1,112 records.

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.

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Versions

The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Ferguson A (2017): Occurrence Data of Small Carnivores (Mammalia, Carnivora) in the National Museums of Kenya Zoology Collection. v1.3. National Museums of Kenya. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.museums.or.ke/ipt/resource?r=bid-af2015-0124-sma&v=1.3

Rights

Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is National Museums of Kenya. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution (CC-BY) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 829ed5f2-eae7-4c81-98c1-6cb77ef0a17c.  National Museums of Kenya publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Kenya.

Keywords

Occurrence Mammalia Carnivora Kenya carnivore Africa; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Adam Ferguson
Negaunee Collections Manager, Mammals
Field Museum of Natural History 1400 South Lake Shore Drive 60605 Chicago Illinois US 01-312-665-7749
https://www.fieldmuseum.org/about/staff/profile/2381

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Bernard Agwanda
Research Scientist
National Museums of Kenya P. O. Box 40658 00100 Nairobi KE +2543742131
Simon Musila
Head, Mammalogy Section
National Museums of Kenya Box 40658 00100 Nairobi KE +254-020-3742131

Who filled in the metadata:

Adam Ferguson
Negaunee Collections Manager, Mammals
Field Museum of Natural History 1400 South Lake Shore Drive 60605 Chicago Illinois US +01-312-665-7749
http://www.adamwferguson.com/

Who else was associated with the resource:

Content Provider
Bernard Agwanda
Research Scientist
National Museums of Kenya 00100 Nairobi KE
Curator
Simon Musila
Curator
National Museums of Kenya
Processor
Lawrence Monda
ICT Manager
National Museums of Kenya BOX 40658 00100 Nairobi KE +254-20-3742131-4

Geographic Coverage

A majority of specimen occurrence records for this dataset come from Kenya but there are specimens from other countries, including Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Liberia, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-9.276, -15.82], North East [11.867, 42.539]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Genus  Helogale (Dwarf Mongoose)
Species  Aonyx capensis (Cape Clawless Otter),  Atilax paludinosus (Marsh Mongoose),  Bdeogale crassicauda (Bushy-tailed Mongoose),  Bdeogale jacksoni (Jackson's Mongoose),  Bdeogale omnivora (Sokoke Dog Mongoose),  Canis adustus (Side-striped Jackal),  Canis aureus (Golden Jackal),  Canis mesomelas (Black-backed Jackal),  Caracal aurata (Golden Cat),  Caracal caracal (Caracal),  Civettictis civetta (African Civet),  Crossarchus alexandri (Alexander's Kusimanse),  Felis silvestris (African Wildcat),  Galerella sanguinea (Slender Mongoose),  Genetta genetta (Common Genet),  Genetta maculata (Large-spotted Genet),  Genetta servalina (Servaline Genet),  Helogale hirtula (Somali Dwarf Mongoose),  Helogale parvula (Common Dwarf Mongoose),  Herpestes ichneumon (Egyptian Mongoose),  Hydrictis maculicollis (Spot-necked Otter),  Ichneumia albicauda (White-tailed Mongoose),  Ictonyx striatus (Striped Polecat),  Leptailurus serval (Serval),  Melivora capensis (Honey Badger),  Mungos mungo (Banded Mongoose),  Nandinia binotata (Palm Civet),  Otocyon megalotis (Bat-eared Fox),  Poecilogale albinucha (White-naped Weasel),  Proteles cristata (Aardwolf)

No Description available

Class  Mammalia
Order  Carnivora

Temporal Coverage

Living Time Period 1900-2017

Project Data

This project mobilizes existing biodiversity data for 31 species of Kenya’s small carnivores to develop a national strategy for their conservation. Project partners work together under the newly created Small Carnivore Conservation Task Force to collate, digitize and publish existing records from museum vouchers, literature and observations. Based on available data, the project maps the distribution of each of the species and assist policy makers to prioritize conservation schemes.

Title Kenya’s other carnivores: Harnessing biodiversity data for conservation
Identifier BID-AF2015-0124-SMA
Funding Global Biodiversity Information Facility Biodiversity in Development European Union Field Museum of Natural History
Study Area Description entire country of Kenya

The personnel involved in the project:

Principal Investigator
Adam Ferguson
Author
Andres Lira Noriega
Content Provider
Stacy Agatha
Content Provider
Michael Bartanojo
Content Provider
Aggrey Chomwa
Content Provider
Kanundu Ngumbao
Content Provider
Wangechi Kiongo
Content Provider
Daniel Munene
Content Provider
Ruth Muthike
Content Provider
Immaculate Muthoni
Content Provider
Stanley Ngatia
Content Provider
Isaac Njoroge
Content Provider
Benedict Nyabara
Content Provider
Esther Wachira
Content Provider
Aziza Zuhura
Content Provider
Hannah Kageche

Sampling Methods

Haphazard and targeted sampling of mammals over the last 100 years by various collectors

Study Extent These data were all obtained from the National Museums of Kenya Mammal Collection and represent a haphazard sampling scheme over the last 100 years by various collectors. Countries represented in this collection include Burundi, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
Quality Control All specimen records were photographed by NMK staff to facilitate confirmation of identifications and associated specimen data.

Method step description:

  1. 1) Photograph all specimens in NMK 2) Digitize specimen data from tags/existing database 3) Georeference localities 4) Plot localities to identify potential errors 5) Develop ecological niche models based on NMK and other available records 6) Use distribution maps to develop conservation priorities 7) Incorporate records, maps, and literature into a national conservation strategy

Collection Data

Collection Name Mammalogy
Collection Identifier http://www.museums.or.ke/the-mammology-section/
Parent Collection Identifier Zoology
Collection Name Osteology
Collection Identifier http://www.museums.or.ke/osteology-section/
Parent Collection Identifier Zoology
Specimen preservation methods Dried,  Other
Curatorial Units Count 398 +/- 20 Skins ,  Count 677 +/- 50 Skulls/Skeletons

Additional Metadata

Purpose To provide digitized and georeferenced occurrence records of all specimens of mammalian small carnivores housed in the National Museums of Kenya Mammalogy Section and to use these data to help develop a national conservation strategy for Kenya's 31 species of small carnivores.
Maintenance Description Maintenance frequency will occur annually.
Alternative Identifiers 829ed5f2-eae7-4c81-98c1-6cb77ef0a17c
http://ipt.museums.or.ke/ipt/resource?r=bid-af2015-0124-sma