There has been a growing interest globally, to collect and organise all existing data on species occurrences from diverse sources in common databases. Such data collections enable comprehensive ecological and biodiversity studies, as well as data based conservation planning.
SubBioDB is an integrative database on distribution of species in subterranean habitats, covering Western Balkans, but also wider geographical areas (Palaearctic) for selected taxa.
– it includes spatially defined localities (WGS84 Lat., Long.), which are defined with a valid name, but also a collection of different synonyms for the same locality (caves are often known by many different names).
– it gatheres in one place distribtion records from a variety of sources, published literature, reports (grey literature), as well as field surveys, conducted by our team or by our collaborators.
– it is covering mainly subterranean taxa, but it also includes other taxonomic groups found within subterranean habitats. Different taxonomic levels are considered, with the list of synonyms when relevant.
– it is a collection of DNA sequences of variety of genes, isolated from specific individuals, which can be tracked via established voucher coding system.
SubBioDB presents a unique and powerful tool for research and conservation of subterranean fauna; as well as a tool in the approaches of species identification according to DNA sequences (DNA barcoding).
SHORT INFO ON THE SubBioDB extent:
Geographical coverage: Western Balkans, some groups (Niphargidae) Palaearctic
Number of records: 53.076
Number of localities: 11.682
Number of taxa: 6.705
Number of DNA sequences: 16.689
(Status on: 03. November 2023)
SHORT HISTORY OF THE DATABASE
In our group, collection of data from various sources in a common database started before 1980, when species records were collected on cardboard cards.
Since 1980’s, data was collected in spreadsheet forms (in MS Excel).
In 2003, the database was reorganised in a relational form (in MS Access). Repetitions due to different names of localities and taxa are avoided and a huge amount of data is saved in a smaller space for fast access. The most important upgrade, however, was the addition of spatial coordinates for each locality.
Since 2010, the database was put on the platform MySQL, with multiple users data addition, and extention to add field work data and information from molecular and morphological research.
In 2020, the database was set on a new platform MSSQL and differently organised programming connection of the tables was applied.
FOR INFORMATION ON DATA INPUT AND SUBBIODB USE CONTACT DATABASE MANAGER