The Pteridophytes from Togo (West Africa)
Latest version published by Biodiversity Data Journal on 31 August 2021 Biodiversity Data Journal

These occurrence data come from collections carried out between 2013 and 2018 in Togo with the aim of providing a first exhaustive and reliable list of Pteridophytes in the country. Sampling is done semi-randomly in all possible habitat types. Georeferencing is done automatically in the field with a GPS. All the specimens are kept at the Lomé Herbarium (TOGO) and duplicates have been sent to the herbarium of the Museum of Natural History in Paris (P).

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ABOTSI K E (2021): The Pteridophytes from Togo (West Africa). v1.4. Biodiversity Data Journal. Dataset/Occurrence.


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Occurrence; Specimen; Pteridophytes; Ferns; Lycophytes; Togo; West Africa; null


Who created the resource:

Komla Elikplim ABOTSI
Laboratory of Forestry Research, University of Lomé
01 BP 1515 Lomé

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Komla Elikplim ABOTSI
Laboratory of Forestry Research, University of Lomé
01 BP 1515 Lomé

Who filled in the metadata:

Komla Elikplim ABOTSI
Laboratory of Forestry Research, University of Lomé
01 BP 1515 Lomé
Geographic Coverage

The dataset covers the hole of Togolese territory

Bounding Coordinates South West [5.966, -0.505], North East [11.222, 2.065]
Taxonomic Coverage

All Pteridophytes were identified to species or at least genus lebel

Class  Lycopodiopsida (Lycophytes),  Polypodiopsida (Ferns)
Temporal Coverage
Start Date / End Date 2013-04-03 / 2018-01-26
Project Data

No Description available

Title The Pteridophytes from Togo: diversity, ecology and uses
Identifier PTERIDO
Study Area Description The study area is Togo. Togo is a country of the Dahomey gap, in West Africa. The climate is tropical with rainfall ranging from 800 to 1750 mm par year.

The personnel involved in the project:

Komla Elikplim ABOTSI
Sampling Methods

Collection of specimens were performed semi-randomly in all habitat types and all ecological zones of the country. For each of the observations, the following information were provided: scientific name, land cover type, longitude, latitude, lifestyle and relative abundance of each Pteridophytes species in a 500 m² plot (50m x 10m).

Study Extent The study take place in the whole of the Togo
Quality Control A double identification was done, firstly on field, secondly thanks to African floras, reference specimens and type specimens hosted at P herbarium.

Method step description:

  1. The data were recorded in a sheet after the correct identification of each sample. The scienific names synonymy at species level rely on "The Plant List" (, Roux (2009) and other relevant floras. The scientific names orthograph have been corrected thanks to the IPNI database. Higher classifications (family and above) are based on the one proposed by PPGI (2016).
Collection Data
Collection Name Collection ABOTSI
Collection Identifier AB
Parent Collection Identifier Not applicable
Specimen preservation methods Dried and pressed
Additional Metadata
Alternative Identifiers c8d80e2d-be82-44ae-9211-113d995160a7