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15Maps of Bee Specimens and Valid Bee Names Now Available Online

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  • Sam Droege
    Aug 16, 2006


      Please pardon any cross-postings.... .Note that we would be very interested in putting up additional geo-referenced datasets of validated bee specimens....large or small, for any part of the world.


      Maps of Bee Specimens and Valid Bee Names Now Available Online
      John Pickering's Discoverlife Web Site, based at the University of Georgia  (www.discoverlife.org), has added some powerful new tools and databases to its inventory of bee related information.
      • Interactive biogeographic maps can be viewed at: http://stri.discoverlife.org/mp/20m?act=make_map.  Users can generate global maps of any species or group of species, can zoom or overlay map layers, and can pull up individual record information by clicking on the map.
      • Lists of species names can be accessed by typing in the genus name in the search box of the Discover Life Home Page (http://www.discoverlife.org).

      John Ascher at the American Museum of Natural History has added over 10,000 georeferenced specimen
      records. To facilitate this, he uploaded 18,000 valid (and nominally valid) names of world bee species to the site. This initial species list should be used with caution. Updates with additions and corrections of errors already discovered will be made soon.

      Leah Larkin at the University of New Mexico has added over 24,000 georeferenced specimen records compiled from several museums and the literature.

      These databases join the existing 80,000 records from the University of Kansas and the USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center.


      Leah Larkin, Ph.D.
      Research Assistant Professor
      Department of Biology
      MSC03 2020, 167 Castetter Hall
      1 University of New Mexico
      Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
      (505) 277-2388 (Lab)       (505) 239-6036 (Cell)
      (505) 277-4225 (Museum)    (505) 277-0304 (FAX)