An assessment of the information content of South African alien species databases

Show simple item record Faulkner, Katelyn T. Spear, Dian Robertson, Mark P. Wilson, John R.U. Rouget, Mathieu 2016-04-12T07:24:31Z 2016-04-12T07:24:31Z 2015-05-29
dc.description.abstract National alien species databases indicate the state of a country’s biodiversity and provide useful data for research on invasion biology and the management of invasions. In South Africa there are several different published alien species databases, but these databases were created for different purposes and vary in completeness and information content. We assessed the information content of published South African alien species databases in the context of other such databases globally, and evaluated how the information content of South African databases varies across taxonomic groups. Although introduction pathway, date of introduction, region of origin and current broad-scale distribution data are available for most taxonomic groups assessed (60% – 90%), data on invasion status, introduction effort and introduction source are available for few taxonomic groups (5% – 18%). South African alien species databases have lower information content than the detailed databases available in other parts of the world and thus cannot be utilised to the same extent. We conclude with 11 recommendations for improving South African alien species databases. In particular, we highlight the data types that should be incorporated in future databases and argue that existing data should be collated in a single, standardised meta-database to facilitate cross-taxon comparisons, highlight gaps in effort, and inform managers and policy makers concerned with alien species. en_ZA
dc.description.department Zoology and Entomology en_ZA
dc.description.librarian am2015 en_ZA
dc.description.sponsorship The South African National Department of Environment Affairs through its funding of the South African National Biodiversity Institute’s Invasive Species Programme, e DST-NRF Centre for Invasion Biology, the South African Research Chairs Initiative of the Department of Science and Technology and National Research Foundation of South Africa. en_ZA
dc.identifier.citation Faulkner, K.T., Spear, D., Robertson, M.P., Rouget, M. & Wilson, J.R.U., 2015, ‘An assessment of the information content of South African alien species databases’, Bothalia 45(1), Art. #1103, 11 pages. http:// 10.4102/abc. v45i1.1103. en_ZA
dc.identifier.issn 0006-8241n (print)
dc.identifier.issn 2311-9284 (online)
dc.identifier.other 10.4102/abc.v45i1.1103
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dc.language.iso en en_ZA
dc.publisher AOSIS OpenJournals en_ZA
dc.rights © 2015. The Authors. Licensee: AOSIS OpenJournals. This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution License. en_ZA
dc.subject Invasions en_ZA
dc.subject Alien species en_ZA
dc.subject Policy makers en_ZA
dc.subject Databases en_ZA
dc.title An assessment of the information content of South African alien species databases en_ZA
dc.type Article en_ZA

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