Meetnetten.be - Exuviae counts for dragonflies in Flanders, Belgium
Meetnetten.be - Exuviae counts for dragonflies in Flanders, Belgium is a sampling event dataset published by the Research Institute of Nature and Forest (INBO). It is part of the Meetnetten.be suite of monitoring networks for priority species in Flanders, in which data are collected at fixed locations using a standardized protocol (https://meetnetten.be). This dataset contains exuviae (larval skin remained behind after ecdysis) counts for 1 priority dragonfly species (Gomphus flavipes). Here it is published as a standardized Darwin Core Archive and includes for each sampling event an eventID, date, location and sampling protocol (in the event core), the length of the transect (in the measurement or fact extension) and for each occurrence an occurrenceID, the number of recorded individuals, status (present/absent), life stage, sex and scientific name (in the occurrence extension). Issues with the dataset can be reported at https://github.com/inbo/meetnetten-occurrences/issues
Generalized and/or withheld information: as these are sensitive priority species, location information is generalized to 1, 5 or 10 km Universal Transverse Mercator (UTM) grid cells. Original locations are available upon request.
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The data in this sampling event 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 287 records.
2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.
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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How to cite
Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Piesschaert F, De Knijf G, Brosens D, Westra T, Desmet P, Ledegen H, Pollet M (2021): Meetnetten.be - Exuviae counts for dragonflies in Flanders, Belgium. v1.11. Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). Dataset/Samplingevent. https://doi.org/10.15468/ue87ux
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The publisher and rights holder of this work is Research Institute for Nature and Forest (INBO). To the extent possible under law, the publisher has waived all rights to these data and has dedicated them to the Public Domain (CC0 1.0). Users may copy, modify, distribute and use the work, including for commercial purposes, without restriction.
Samplingevent; Odonata; dragonflies; damselflies; monitoring; priority species; Flanders; Samplingevent
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Who can answer questions about the resource:
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [50.67, 2.53], North East [51.51, 5.94]|
The target dragonfly species for Meetnetten.be are listed at https://meetnetten.be/#group-6. Other dragonflies observed during the sampling are momentarily not included. This dataset covers the larval skin protocol, for which there is 1 target species. In a later phase, when the monitoring of Gomphus vulgatissimus is operational, more data will be included.
|Species||Gomphus flavipes (Rivierrombout)|
|Start Date / End Date||2016-01-01 / 2020-12-31|
Meetnetten.be is a suite of monitoring networks through which the Flemish Government is collecting high-quality information on 65 priority plant and animal species. These are species on which Flanders has to report to Europe in the framework of the Habitats and Birds Directives, but also other species that are important for the Flemish nature policy.
|Study Area Description||Flanders, Belgium|
|Design Description||Each monitoring network consists of fixed sample locations in which the target species is counted based on a standardized protocol. Data collection relies mainly on specialized volunteers, coordinated by the NGO Natuurpunt Studie. Fieldwork is planned and monitored with the web tool https://meetnetten.be, which is also used for entering the collected data.|
The personnel involved in the project:
Sampling was done using the protocol described in De Knijf et al. (2019) and explained to volunteers in Ledegen et al. (2017). 1. Gomphus flavipes (River Clubtail/ Rivierrombout): During a count of larval skins, the riparian bank is slowly crossed over a length of 500 m and every larval skin found is collected. The location is preferably read with a GPS. Each transect is visited once every 10 days and this in the period from 1 June to 15 August (6 visits in total).
|Study Extent||1. Gomphus flavipes (River Clubtail / Rivierrombout) occurs in medium-sized to large rivers, preferably with sandy substrate. The habitat of the Flemish population is somewhat different as the species reproduces her in a busy canal with concrete banks (De Knijf et al. 2013). We follow up on this species by counting the larval skins.|
|Quality Control||Data are collected using a predefined sampling protocol.|
Method step description:
- Researchers from INBO and Natuurpunt Studie define and document the appropriate sampling protocol for the target species.
- Fieldwork is planned and coordinated by Natuurpunt Studie, using https://meetnetten.be.
- Data are collected in the field by specialized volunteers, using the predefined sampling protocol.
- Volunteers enter the collected data in https://meetnetten.be.
- A custom SQL view is created in the meetnetten.be database to map the original data to Darwin Core as an event core, occurrence extension and measurement or fact extension.
- De Knijf G, Ledegen H & Westra T (2019) Monitoringsprotocol Libellen. Versie – 2.0. Rapporten van het Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek 2019 (49). Instituut voor Natuur- en Bosonderzoek, Brussel. https://doi.org/10.21436/inbor.17262395
- De Knijf G., Adriaens T., Vermylen R. & Van der Schoot P. 2013. Ontdekking van een populatie Rivierrombout (Gomphus flavipes) op het Albertkanaal (België), een van de drukst bevaren kanalen van Europa, en een overzicht van de status in West- en Midden-Europa. Brachytron, 16: 3-17.
- Ledegen H & De Knijf G (2017) Veldwerkhandleiding Libellen. Natuurpunt Studie, Mechelen.
We like to thank the "Libellenvereniging Vlaanderen” (https://www.odonata.be) for their input in creating this dataset.