Inventory of the terrestrial isopods in Belgium (2011–2020)

Pepijn Boeraeve, Gert Arijs, Stijn Segers, Dimitri Brosens, Peter Desmet, Kristijn Swinnen, Jorg Lambrechts, Pallieter De Smedt

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This data paper describes a recent and spatially complete inventory of the terrestrial isopods of Belgium between 2011 and 2020. During these 10 years every 10 × 10 km² cell of the Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid in Belgium (373 grid cells) was visited in search for terrestrial isopods. Inventories covered different habitat types in every grid cell such as forest, wetlands or stream sides, and urban areas. Most of the dataset records were obtained by hand-collection methods such as turning stones and dead wood, or by sieving litter and through casual observations. These inventories were carried out by specialists from Spinicornis, the Belgian Terrestrial Isopod Group. Their data is complemented with pitfall trap data from scientific projects and verified citizen science data collected via and from the same time period. This resulted in 19,406 dataset records of 35 terrestrial isopod species. All dataset records are georeferenced using the centroid of their respective 5 × 5 km² UTM grid cell. The dataset is published as open data and available through the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF). Direct link to the dataset:
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-69
Number of pages13
Publication statusPublished - 18-May-2022

Thematic List 2020

  • Data & infrastructure

Thematic list

  • Fauna

EWI Biomedical sciences

  • B320-taxonomy

Taxonomic list

  • woodlice (Isopoda)

Geographic list

  • Belgium

Free keywords

  • inventory
  • citizen science


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