Apart from the National Museums of Kenya, The entomology collection of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology is the largest collection of Kenyan insects held in African institutions, and possibly in the world. The collection is housed in the Biosystematics Unit of ICIPE. . Intensive collecting over the past past 20 years has increased holdings substantially. Recently, a project was begun to database the entire collection. To date over 20,000 specimens have been processed and we estimate that the total collection presently surpasses 100,000 specimens. The collection’s geographic focus is Kenya with additional Afrotropical material. The taxon dimension of the collection is primarily Diptera, Hymenoptera, Coleoptera and Hemiptera/Homoptera and the geographic dimension of those groups is predominantly from Kenya. The collection is an actively developing one and some of the research on the collection includes the PINDIP (Pollinator Information Network for Two-Winged Insects) (link to: https://www.pindip.org/) project. Taxonomic research on taxa from the collections’ Diptera and Hymenoptera holdings has produced many publications over the past 20 years.
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Gitau, J. (1), Copeland, R. (1) & Jordaens K. (2) (2020): The hoverfly collection (Diptera, Syrphidae) of the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe) at Nairobi (Kenya). v1. (1) International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology, (2) Royal Museum for Central Africa, Belgium. Dataset/Occurrence. https://ipt.biodiversity.be/resource?r=rmca_icipe&v=1.0
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|Bounding Coordinates||South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]|
The collection covers the family Syrphidae.
|Start Date / End Date||2002-01-01 / 2019-01-01|
The PINDIP project, funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation, and headed by the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RCMA), will help redress that gap for sub-Saharan Africa, by partnering with museums in Africa to digitize and publish existing records on the group of insects known as Diptera (flies and mosquitoes), and increase the size and value of museum collections through field collections, and by documenting pollination interaction webs for the group. The Diptera families of interest are Bombyliidae, Calliphoridae, Mythicomyiidae, Nemestrinidae, Rhiniidae, Syrphidae and Tabanidae. The African institutions involved are: International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE, Nairobi, Kenya), National Museums of Kenya (NMK, Nairobi, Kenya), KwaZulu-Natal Museum (NMSA, Pietermaritzburg, South Africa), National Museum Bloemfontein (BMSA, Bloemfontein, South Africa), South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI, Pretoria, South Africa), and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA, Cotonou, Benin). The PINDIP project, funded by the JRS Biodiversity Foundation and hosted at the Royal Museum for Central Africa, includes mobilization of Afrotropical pollinating fly (Diptera) data as a primary output. The Syrphidae dataset from icipe comprises approximately 1470 specimens, predominantly from Kenya, and is a key output for this project. All associated specimens are housed at icipe Biosystematic Unit, Nairobi, Kenya.
|Funding||JRS Biodiversity Foundation|
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Historical collection records, including various methods such as malaise traps, hand collecting etc.
|Study Extent||Dataset comprises historical records from circa 2002 to 2019, focussing on Kenya but with some additional material.|
|Quality Control||Historical specimens have been re-identified where possible.|
Method step description:
- 1.Data cleaning. 2.Taxon names were compared to the GBIF data using the species matching tool.