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AnthWest, occurrence records for wool carder bees of the genus Anthidium (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae, Anthidiini) in the Western Hemisphere

AnthWest is a large dataset, one of the outcomes of a comprehensive, broadly comparative study on the diversity, biology, biogeography, and evolution of Anthidium Fabricius in the Western Hemisphere. In this dataset a total of 22,648 adult occurrence records comprising 9,657 unique events are documented for 92 species of Anthidium, including the invasive range of two introduced species from Eurasia, A. oblongatum (Illiger) and A. manicatum (Linnaeus). The geospatial coverage of the dataset extends from northern Canada and Alaska to southern Argentina, and from below sea level in Death Valley, California, USA, to 4,700 m a.s.l. in Tucumán, Argentina. The majority of the records in the dataset correspond to information recorded from individual specimens examined by the authors during this project, and deposited into 60 biodiversity collections located in Africa, Europe, North and South America.
A fraction (4.8%) of the occurrence records were taken from the literature, largely California records from a taxonomic treatment with some additional records for the two introduced species. The temporal scale of the dataset represents collection events recorded between 1886 and 2012.

The data underpinning the analysis reported in this paper are deposited at GBIF, the Global Biodiversity Information Facility, http://ipt.pensoft.net/ipt/resource.do?r=anthidium.

Dataset Info

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Griswold, Terry L.
Gonzalez, Victor H.
Ikerd, Harold
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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Area
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Spatial / Geographical Coverage Location
The database covers a wide range of ecosystems found in both North and South America, from -62° to 79° in latitude and -174° to -22° in longitude.
Temporal Coverage
USDA ARS, Bee Biology and Systematics Laboratory
Contact Name
Griswold, Terry
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Preferred Dataset Citation
Griswold T, Gonzalez VH and H Ikerd (2014). AnthWest, occurrence records for wool carder bees of the genus Anthidium (Hymenoptera: Megachilidae, Anthidiini), 22,648 data records. doi:10.1111/zoj.12017
Primary Article

Gonzalez, V., Griswold, T., & Ikerd, H. (2014). AnthWest, occurrence records for wool carder bees of the genus Anthidium (Hymenoptera, Megachilidae, Anthidiini) in the Western Hemisphere. Zookeys, 408, 31-49.

AgID: 10113/60467
Related Article

Huber, J. T. (1998). The importance of voucher specimens, with practical guidelines for preserving specimens of the major invertebrate phyla for identification. Journal of Natural History, 32(3), 367-385.

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National Science Foundation
National Science Foundation
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005:037 - Department of Agriculture - Research and Education
Bureau Code
005:18 - Agricultural Research Service
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