A database of freshwater macroinvertebrate occurrence records across Cuba

Yusdiel Torres-Cambas, Yoandri S. Megna, Juan Carlos Salazar-Salina, Yander L. Diez, Alejandro Catalá, Adrian D. Trapero-Quintana, Boris Schröder, Sami Domisch

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In light of the ongoing freshwater biodiversity crisis, detailed knowledge regarding the spatial distribution of freshwater species is urgently required, especially in biodiversity hotspots. Here we present a database of georeferenced occurrence records of four freshwater invertebrate taxa groups across Cuba, namely flatworms (Platyhelminthes: Tricladida), insects (Ephemeroptera, Odonata, Hemiptera, Trichoptera, Coleoptera, Diptera), crabs and shrimps (Crustacea: Decapoda), and mollusks (Mollusca). We collated the geographic occurrence information from scientific literature, unpublished field records, museum collections and online databases. The database, comprising 6292 records of 457 species at 1075 unique localities, is organized in 32 fields that contain the information about the taxonomic classification of each recorded species, the sex and life stage of collected individuals; the geographic coordinates, location, author and date of the record and a reference to the original data source. This database provides an important basis towards an improved understanding of the spatial distribution of freshwater biodiversity in Cuba.

Original languageEnglish
Article number169
JournalScientific Data
Issue number1
StatePublished - Dec 2023
Externally publishedYes


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