Citation

Nomenclatural information

Geographical information

Host plants

Bibliography

Database structure



Citation


Authors: A. Migeon and F. Dorkeld
Title: Spider Mites Web
Date: 2006-2017
Source: http://www.montpellier.inra.fr/CBGP/spmweb

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Alain Migeon, Elodie Nouguier, Franck Dorkeld (2011) Spider Mites Web: a comprehensive database for the Tetranychidae. Trends in Acarology: 557-560

The authors (Email: alain.migeon@inra.fr and franck.dorkeld@inra.fr) would appreciate to receive reprints of publications using the database.

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Nomenclatural information

When building such database the most difficult is to modelise the nomenclatural and taxonomic information. We have chosen to use the valid species as ouput for any query. This constitutes the taxonomic base. For each of these species, nomenclatural information are available. To describe this nomenclatural information we attributed a status to any nomenclatural publication. These status are derived from the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature.

Valid species status :

  • Valid name: the name use for taxonomical information
  • Valid nomenclatural act: the publication of a valid name
  • Valid name in invalid publication: the publication of a valid name
  • Change of status: a change to subsepcies to species...
  • New combination: change of generic assignment
  • Emendation: a justified change in the original spelling
  • Replacement name: a new name for a valid taxon with an invalid name
  • Synonyms status :

  • Synonym description: the publication of a junior synonym
  • Reinstatement: a name considered as junior synonym and now valid species
  • Synonymy by: reference for a synonymising work
  • Miscellaneous status :

  • Homonym: an already used valid name
  • Unjustified emendation: an unjustified change in the original spelling
  • Misspelling: a valid citation with an erroneous spelling
  • Misidentification: an erroneous citation
  • Corrected identification: a correction of above

  • A systematic list of all the species is presented to help finding a species.

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    Geographical information

    The geographical information is organized at three scales. Countries (see map) constitute the smaller one. Russia is divided into Western Russia, including european and caucasian Russia and Eastern Russia (east of the Ourals) and China is divided into paleartic zone and oriental zone; but you can search on the whole country. For compatibility with old records, we have kept the following former countries: Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia. The queries can be made on former countries or on actual ones, but the results are not the same. Records for actual countries are not already completed.
    Continents constitute the second scale (see map). Note that Russia is also in Europe and in Asia.
    Biogeographical regions are the last scale (see map). Maps of Mexico and China show the details for these two countries.
    Our data input is in accordance with the Taxonomic Database Working Group (TDWG) recommandations.

    The use of the distribution maps is simple and intuitive. You need to have Java (TM) installed on your computer and to allow the execution of Java applets. The countries with records are indicated in red. You can zoom on preselected area or use the button to choose the zoom scale. Default view is full map. The background for displaying distribution can be choosed with the list.
    The distribution maps (example with Tetranychus urticae Koch) were developped using Alov Map and giMapper (see links page).

    Please note that the use of a country name does not express any opinion concerning the legal status of this country.

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    Host plants

    The host plants are organized into families. We give the list of all the plants recorded in the database. Sometimes the information is limited to a family (e. g: Poaceae) or to a genus. We have tried to have and up-to-date plant nomenclature, from the The Plant List, International Organization for Plant Information (IOPI) and The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) but it's may still remain old synonyms.

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    Bibliography

    We have used the major worldwide or regional works :

  • McGregor (1950), Pritchard & Baker (1955) and Bolland, Gutierrez & Flechtmann (1998) for the world;
  • Meyer (1974 and 1987) for Africa;
  • Mitrofanov, Strunkova & Livhits (1987) for former Ussr;
  • Baker & Tuttle (1994) for Usa;
  • Ehara (1999) for Japan.
  • The database contains more than 1,400 bibliographic references from 1758 to present. You can consult the list of all the references. The list of all the contributors who send us their publications is also available and we thank all of them for their help.

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    Database structure

    Inputs are essentailly based on bibliographical references. See the chart for database scheme. The main tables are Species-Nomenclature and References. Table Plants contains all information for host plants including classification ranging from phylum to species. Representation of geographical knowledge allows queries ranging from coutry to biogeographical area. The relations between taxa, host plants (or geographical region) and references are included in link tables to ease the navigation between these notions.

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