Catalogue of Life

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The Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2013 Annual Checklist is compiled through a remarkable global partnership.

The Catalogue of Life is the most comprehensive and authoritative global index of species currently available. It consists of a single integrated species checklist and taxonomic hierarchy. The Catalogue holds essential information on the names, relationships and distributions of over 1.5 million species. This figure continues to rise as information is compiled from diverse sources around the world.

The content is contributed by an array of some 200+ expert taxonomic databases world-wide, involving over 3,000 taxonomic specialists: the Global Species Databases. Expert teams peer review the databases and integrate them into a single coherent catalogue, and have established a single hierarchical classification.

The Catalogue of Life is developing as a key partner to the major programmes that inform our understanding of global biodiversity. By providing a platform for the validation and sharing of species names, the Catalogue strengthens these programmes individually and collectively.

On iSpot, the Catalogue of Life provides the names that are offered when you add an identification to an observation that is located outside Southern Africa, the UK and Ireland. Data from the catalogue also drive the taxon hierarchy that allows you to browse between species, genera, and higher taxa (such as families and orders), as well as access to common names.

05 Dec 2013
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