In the face of taxonomic knowledge gaps in sub-Saharan Africa, the availability of biodiversity data is pressing, especially as extinction risks and conservation needs arise for the sustainability of derived ecosystem services (Rodger et al., 2004; Mkenda et al., 2019). The development of research is therefore dependent on access to basic knowledge that really only exists in the form of collections throughout the world's museums.
The present occurence data and associated catalog is based on collections of Megachilidae historically collected in the Belgian Congo, now the Democratic Republic of Congo. It includes several collecting localities for several specimens kept at the Royal Museum for Central Africa (RMCA, Belgium). The collections of the Megachilidae of the RMCA were reorganized by Professor Jean J. Pasteels, who covered the taxonomic revisions until about the 1980s.
We mention here, the collectors and the dates of collection of the specimens. For each of the species, so informed in this catalog, the descriptor is indicated and the taxonomic nomenclature updated to conform to the international standard. This nomenclature is especially inspired by the publication of Trunz et al. (2016), on the classification of the tribe of Megachilini in relation to phylogeny and biogeography. Moreover, the taxa are organized according to public directories (Discover Life and GBIF), the catalog of Afrotropical bees of Coetzer & Eardley (2019) and the key to genera and subgenera of bees of sub-Saharan Africa of Eardley et al. (2009).
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Tshibungu Nkulu A (2022): RMCA Colonial collections in Megachilidae of Congo. v1.1. Test Organization #1. Dataset/Occurrence. https://ipt.gbif.org/resource?r=cd_megachilidae_mrac&v=1.1
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All these collections of Megachilidae relate to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Most of them were collected between 1905 and 1960, the year of Congo's political independence. These data are therefore from all 26 provinces through their numerous localities.
|Bounding Coordinates||South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]|
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