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Occurrence datasets of Freshwater Snails (Gastropoda) of Kenya mobilized from the Zoological Collection of National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi and Literature

Latest version published by National Museums of Kenya on Nov 16, 2018 National Museums of Kenya

Occurrence datasets of freshwater snails (Gastropoda) housed at the historical records of the Zoological Collection of National Museums of Kenya (NMK) in Nairobi and updated with literature is provided to present extent of occurrence of freshwater snails in Kenya and elsewhere. A total of 24 species of freshwater snails (gastropods) accompanied with information on the species distribution (Locality and georeferenced information) is presented. The occurrence data indicate that majority of the gastropods voucher material housed at NMK collections were collected from Kenya. A number of material however are from other countries particularly Tanzania and Uganda. The occurrence data also indicate that Melanoides tuberculata is the most widespread freshwater snail species in Kenya and Eastern Africa. Several species appears restricted to one wetland. For instance, Biomphalaria choanomphala, Bellamya costulata and Bellamya constricta appeared restricted to Lake Victoria. The presented information contributes in enhancing knowledge of freshwater gastropods biodiversity. The presented information is also important for application in planning conservation of biodiversity by using the data for focusing conservation efforts in the species geographical ranges. The information presented also forms basis for planning research on gastropods to further promote knowledge on gastropods biodiversity. The project was funded by the European Union through GBIF to mobilize freshwater snails information housed at Zoological collection of the National Museums of Kenya and literature.

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 203 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

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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Lange C, Monda L, Busienei W (2018): Occurrence datasets of Freshwater Snails (Gastropoda) of Kenya mobilized from the Zoological Collection of National Museums of Kenya, Nairobi and Literature. v1.2. National Museums of Kenya. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt.museums.or.ke/ipt/resource?r=snailsoccurence&v=1.2

Rights

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

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 9efc2821-3026-48be-8018-5a0f75f25706.  National Museums of Kenya publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Kenya.

Keywords

Occurrence; Gastropoda; Specimen; snails; Zoological collections; National Museums of Kenya; Specimen

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Charles Lange
Deputy Director EP & RC, NEMA
National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) Nairobi KE
https://www.nema.go.ke/
Lawrence Monda
ICT Manager, NMK
National Museums of Kenya (NMK) Museum Hill Road 40658 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke
Wilson Busienei
Principal Research Officer
National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) 67839 Nairobi KE
https://www.nema.go.ke/

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Charles Lange
Deputy Director Environmental Planning and Research
National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) 67839 Nairobi KE
https://www.nema.go.ke/

Who filled in the metadata:

Charles Lange
Deputy Director EP & RC, NEMA
National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) Nairobi KE
https://www.nema.go.ke/

Who else was associated with the resource:

Publisher
Lawrence Monda
ICT Manager
National Museums of Kenya 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke
Processor
Esther Mwangi
Research Scientist
National Museums of Kenya Box 40658 00100 Nairobi Nairobi KE
http://www.museums.or.ke

Geographic Coverage

The freshwater snails were collected from various localities in Kenya and other African countries.

Bounding Coordinates South West [-34.597, -15.117], North East [37.996, 55.195]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Class  Gastropoda

Project Data

Occurrence datasets of freshwater snails (Gastropoda) housed at the historical records of the Zoological Collection of National Museums of Kenya (NMK) in Nairobi and updated with literature is provided to present extent of occurrence of freshwater snails in Kenya and elsewhere. A total of 24 species of freshwater snails (gastropods) accompanied with information on the species distribution (Locality and georeferenced information) is presented. The occurrence data indicate that majority of the gastropods voucher material housed at NMK collections were collected from Kenya. A number of material however are from other countries particularly Tanzania and Uganda. The occurrence data also indicate that Melanoides tuberculata is the most widespread freshwater snail species in Kenya and Eastern Africa. Several species appears restricted to one wetland. For instance, Biomphalaria choanomphala, Bellamya costulata and Bellamya constricta appeared restricted to Lake Victoria. The presented information contributes in enhancing knowledge of freshwater gastropods biodiversity. The presented information is also important for application in planning conservation of biodiversity by using the data for focusing conservation efforts in the species geographical ranges. The information presented also forms basis for planning research on gastropods to further promote knowledge on gastropods biodiversity. The project was funded by the European Union through GBIF to mobilize freshwater snails information housed at Zoological collection of the National Museums of Kenya and literature.

Title Mobilizing freshwater snails’ biodiversity datasets for advancing biodiversity knowledge access, conservation and human wellbeing in Kenya
Identifier BID-AF2015-0045-SMA
Funding European Union through GBIF
Study Area Description Dry and wet preserved collection within the National Museums of Kenya (NMK) and literature searches
Design Description Species occurrence data captured in excel spreadsheets. Data aligned to the Darwin core standards before publishing through the museum’s IPT. Data published through: GBIF: http://ipt.museums.or.ke/ipt/resource?r=nmk2017

The personnel involved in the project:

Point Of Contact
Wilson Busienei

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 9efc2821-3026-48be-8018-5a0f75f25706
http://ipt.museums.or.ke/ipt/resource?r=snailsoccurence