Identifying strengths and gaps of chiropteran collections in unimas zoological museum through arcgis application

Nur Dalilah, Said (2014) Identifying strengths and gaps of chiropteran collections in unimas zoological museum through arcgis application. [Final Year Project Report] (Unpublished)

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Abstract

Museum is important as a place of specimen repository. Museum is important for several reasons. Firstly it allow for a place to archive natural heritage before it disappear, allowing comparison of biological diversity from different time period, provide material for research and education. Therefore proper documentation is important for the archieved purposes. UNIMAS Zoological Museum collection material is documented in a mix form of a hardcopy and softcopy (Microsoft Excel database). Hence, it does not allow us to quickly determine the strengths and gaps of our collection. Therefore this study focused at several stages in developing UNIMAS Zoological Museum small mammals' digital catalogue. This includes gathering and organizing each of the vouchers taxonomic rearrangements and their associated geographic localities. A total of 3184 individual from 91 species of bats were verified and recorded in the UNIMAS Zoological Museum. Various maps were produced using ArcGIS software, based on the taxonomic composition and distribution. UNIMAS Zoological Museum small mammals' collection showed that the strengths of these collections is in Sarawak region especially in the western region closest to UNIMAS. The gaps are more on samples from Peninsular Malaysia and Sabah. The diversity of bat collections between national parks in Sarawak in the collection was compared. Maludam and Tanjung Datu shows needs further attention for future sampling. This study allowed comparison or prediction for species distribution changes in future generation, easy to access the data and allow recognition of areas and groups that need more attention through digitizing the specimens.

Item Type: Final Year Project Report
Additional Information: Project report (B.Sc.) -- Universiti Malaysia Sarawak, 2014.
Uncontrolled Keywords: ArcGIS, bat, collections, distribution, museum, unimas, university, universiti, Borneo, Malaysia, Sarawak, Kuching, Samarahan, ipta, education, undergraduate, research, Universiti Malaysia Sarawak
Subjects: Q Science > QL Zoology
Divisions: Academic Faculties, Institutes and Centres > Faculty of Resource Science and Technology
Depositing User: Patrick
Date Deposited: 28 Oct 2020 04:28
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2020 04:28
URI: http://ir.unimas.my/id/eprint/32408

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