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Biodiversity and Conservation

, Volume 19, Issue 3, pp 829–836 | Cite as

E-taxonomy: an affordable tool to fill the biodiversity knowledge gap

  • Gideon F. Smith
  • Estrela FigueiredoEmail author
Original Paper

Abstract

As part of a recent North-South collaboration a plant diversity inventory of Angola was compiled virtually exclusively using web-based resources. Here we report on the feasibility and cost of conducting this work and test the hypothesis that existing and new internet resources enable and simplify taxonomic work and support filling gaps in biodiversity knowledge.

Keywords

African flora E-taxonomy Biodiversity knowledge Diversity inventory methods Floristic checklists 

Notes

Acknowledgements

Two anonymous referees are thanked for suggesting useful improvements to the manuscript.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Biosystematics Research and Biodiversity CollectionsSouth African National Biodiversity InstitutePretoriaSouth Africa
  2. 2.H.G.W.J. Schweickerdt Herbarium, Department of BotanyUniversity of PretoriaPretoriaSouth Africa

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