This dataset presents occurrence records and composition of fish species collected in shallow habitats of different vegetation fringes in Lake Victoria, Uganda.
The data in this occurrence 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 1,525 records.
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Researchers should cite this work as follows:
Nsega M, Balirwa J (2019): Fish species occurrence and composition in shallow (wetland) habitats of Northern Lake Victoria (Uganda). v1.1. National Fisheries Resources Research Institute. Dataset/Occurrence. http://ipt-uganda.gbif.fr/resource?r=fishspeciesinshallowhabitats&v=1.1
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This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 3d514dad-76ed-43d3-893c-915910ce638c. National Fisheries Resources Research Institute publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF Uganda.
Occurrence; Lake Victoria; Uganda; Observation
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The study covered habitats in Northern Lake Victoria, Uganda
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [0.389, 33.189], North East [0.478, 33.293]|
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|Species||Astatoreochromis alluaudi, Bagrus docmak, Brycinus jacksonii, Brycinus sadleri, Clarias alluaudi, Clarias gariepinus, Clarias liocephalus, Coptodon zillii, Gnathonemus longibarbis, Haplochromis barbarae, Haplochromis laparogramma, Haplochromis lividus, Haplochromis macrops, Haplochromis nigricans, Haplochromis nubilus, Haplochromis nyanzae, Hippopotamyrus grahami, Labeobarbus altianalis, Lates niloticus, Mastacembelus frenatus, Momyrus kannume, Oreochromis esculentus, Oreochromis leucostictus, Oreochromis niloticus, Oreochromis variabilis, Protopterus aethiopicus, Synodontis afrofischeri, Synodontis victoriae|
The project studied the ecology of wetlands of Lake Victoria and their importance for fish (Balirwa, 1998).
|Title||Lake Victoria wetlands and the ecology of the Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis Niloticus Linné|
|Study Area Description||The study was undertaken on the Ugandan part of Lake Victoria, near Jinja|
|Design Description||Detailed information on sampling design is available in Balirwa (1998). Sampling was conducted in shallow habitats (< 2.5m depth) of wetland lake interface. The habitats were differentiated by the dominant plant species in the wetland i.e.: Cyperus papyrus, Vossia cuspidata, Typha domingensis, Phragmites mauritianus and, Eichhonia crassipes. Sampling was conducted|
The personnel involved in the project:
Sampling was conducted parallel to the shoreline off each dominant vegetation type. For each habitat type, sampling was done within 20 m from the shore and beyond, between 20m and about 70 m away from the shoreline. Fish was captured using gillnets and basket traps set overnight. Complete details of sampling are available in Balirwa (1998).
|Study Extent||Sampling was conducted on the Ugandan part of Lake Victoria, near Jinja. The sampling was from 1993 to 1996.|
|Quality Control||All scientific names were validated using FishBase (Froese & Paully, 2018).|
Method step description:
- Geo-referencing and coordinate conversions The coordinates associated with the dataset were retrieved from Balirwa (1998). These were transformed to decimal degrees using online coordinate conversion tools including canadensys (http://data.canadensys.net/tools/coordinates) and PGC Coordinate Converter (https://www.pgc.umn.edu/apps/convert/) of the University of Minnesota. The locations verified in Google Earth.
- Confirming fish species names Species names were confirmed using FishBase (Froese & Paully, 2018). For the species that were allocated to the genus Barbus in the original survey data, the currently accepted nomenclature, Labeobarbus for the large hexaploid species was adopted (Van Ginneken et al., 2017; Vreven et al. 2016). All haplochromine cichlids are allocated to genus Haplochromis which is accepted in Fishbase.
- Balirwa, J.S. (1998) Lake Victoria Wetlands and the ecology of the Nile Tilapia, Oreochromis niloticus Linne. PhD Dissertation, Wageningen Agricultural University, Delft, the Netherlands.
- Froese, R. & Pauly D. (Eds). 2018. FishBase. World Wide Web electronic publication. www.fishbase.org, version (06/2017). http://www.fishbase.org
- Van Ginneken, M., Decru, E., Verheyen, E. and Snoeks, J. (2017). ‘Morphometry and DNA barcoding reveal cryptic diversity in the genus Enteromius (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae) from the Congo basin, Africa’. European Journal of Taxonomy. 310:1–32.
- Vreven, E.J.W.M.N., Musschoot, T., Snoeks, J. and Schliewen, U.K. (2016). ‘The African hexaploid Torini (Cypriniformes: Cyprinidae): review of a tumultuous history’. Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society. 177:231–305.