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Horseshoe crab distribution records from East America and Asia
Citable as data publication
Vestbo, Stine; Obst, Matthias; Quevedo Fernandez, Francisco; Intanai, Itsara; Funch, Peter; (2017): Horseshoe crab distribution records from East America and Asia. https://doi.org/10.14284/293

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Availability: Creative Commons License This dataset is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Description
We assembled occurrence records (presence-only) for all four horseshoe crab species in Asia and Eastern America from our own observations, collaborators, scientific networks as well as through publishing a scratchpad site at http://horseshoecrabs.myspecies.info/. For many species, numerous distribution records exist in the literature, and we manually geo-referenced additional occurrence data from these sources. more

Our knowledge on global distribution of the four extant horseshoe crab species is inadequate. The aim of this study (and the associated data set) is to improve our understanding of the current biogeographic distribution of horseshoe crabs. To do this we collated all available occurrence information for all four species on the Atlantic coasts of Central and North America, and the coasts of South-East Asia. Occurrence data from the four extant species of horseshoe crabs (Limulus polyphemus, Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda, Tachypleus gigas, and T. tridentatus) were compiled from recent literature, our scientific network, and own field work. The three Asian species C. rotundicauda, T. gigas and T. tridentatus were found to co-occur on the Indonesian islands Borneo and Java.

Scope
Themes:
Biology > Invertebrates
Keywords:
Marine, Biogeography, Climate change, Distribution shift, Ecological modelling, ANW, North West Atlantic, ASW, Mexico Gulf, I, Indo-Pacific, Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda (Latreille, 1802), Limulidae Leach, 1819, Limulus polyphemus (Linnaeus, 1758), Tachypleus gigas (O. F. Müller, 1785), Tachypleus tridentatus (Leach, 1819)

Geographical coverage
ANW, North West Atlantic [Marine Regions]
ASW, Mexico Gulf [Marine Regions]
I, Indo-Pacific [Marine Regions]

Temporal coverage
1975 - 2015

Taxonomic coverage
Carcinoscorpius rotundicauda (Latreille, 1802) [WoRMS]
Limulidae Leach, 1819 [WoRMS]
Limulus polyphemus (Linnaeus, 1758) [WoRMS]
Tachypleus gigas (O. F. Müller, 1785) [WoRMS]
Tachypleus tridentatus (Leach, 1819) [WoRMS]

Parameter
Presence of biota

Contributors
Cardiff University; Cardiff School of Computer Science, moredata creator
Prince of Songkla University; Faculty of Science and Technology, moredata creator
University of Aarhus; Department of Bioscience (BIOS), moredata creator
University of Gothenburg, moredata creator

Related datasets
Published in:
EurOBIS: European Ocean Biogeographic Information System, more

Publication
Based on this dataset
Vestbo, S. et al. (2018). Present and potential future distributions of Asian horseshoe crabs determine areas for conservation. Front. Mar. Sci. 5: [1-16]. https://hdl.handle.net/10.3389/fmars.2018.00164, more

Dataset status: Completed
Data type: Data
Data origin: Data collection
Metadatarecord created: 2017-04-10
Information last updated: 2018-06-04
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