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Vlinderdatabank - Butterflies in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium

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Vlinderdatabank - Butterflies in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region, Belgium is a species occurrence dataset published by the Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO) and described in Maes et al. 2016. The dataset contains over 761.000 butterfly occurrences, compiled by the INBO in cooperation with the Butterfly working group of Natuurpunt (Vlinderwerkgroep). The occurrences are georeferenced using the centroid of their respective 5 x 5 kmĀ² Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid cell and are derived from the database Vlinderdatabank at the INBO, which consists of (historical) collection and literature data (1830-2001), for which all butterfly specimens in institutional and available personal collections were digitized and all entomological and other relevant publications were checked for butterfly distribution data. It also contains observations and monitoring data for the period 1991-2014. The latter type were collected by a (small) butterfly monitoring network where butterflies were recorded using a standardized protocol. Together with the dataset Vanreusel et al. (2016), the dataset represents the most complete overview of butterflies in Flanders and the Brussels Capital Region (north Belgium).
Date made available13-Jan-2016
PublisherInstituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek (INBO)
Temporal coverage1-Jan-1830 - 20-Oct-2014
Geographical coverageFlanders & Brussels Capital Region
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