Catalogue of Life
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The Catalogue of Life, started in June 2001 by Species 2000 and Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS), is planned to become a comprehensive catalogue of all known species of organisms on Earth. The Catalogue currently compiles data from 156 peer-reviewed taxonomic databases, that are maintained by specialist institutions around the world. The Catalogue provides a dynamic edition, which is updated monthly (and in which data can change without tracking of those changes) and an Annual Checklist, which provides a dated, verifiable reference for the usage of names and associated data. Development of the Catalogue of Life was funded through the Species 2000 europa (EuroCat), 4d4Life, i4Life projects in 2003-2013, and currently by the Naturalis Biodiversity Center, Leiden, the Netherlands and Species Files group at Illinois Natural History Survey, Champaign-Urbana IL, USA.
The seventeenth edition of the catalogue lists 1.7 million extant and extinct species for all kingdoms as of April 2017, with coverage of well over three quarters of the estimated 1.9 million extant species known to science.
Much of the use of the Catalogue is to provide a backbone taxonomy for other global data portals and biological collections. Through the i4Life project it has formal partnerships with Global Biodiversity Information Facility, European Nucleotide Archive, Encyclopedia of Life, European Consortium for the Barcode of Life, IUCN Red List, and Life Watch. The public interface includes both search and browse functions as well as offering multi lingual services.
- Encyclopedia of Life
- GBIF Global Biodiversity Information Facility
- Global biodiversity
- Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS
- World Register of Marine Species
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- Catalogue of Life: monthly updated editions
- 2017 Annual Checklist, 1,713,852 species (incl. extinct)
- 2016 Annual Checklist, 1,640,969 species
- 2015 Annual Checklist, 1,606,554 species
- 2014 Annual Checklist, 1,578,063 species
- 2013 Annual Checklist, 1,352,112 species
- 2012 Annual Checklist, 1,404,038 species
- 2011 Annual Checklist, 1,347,224 species
- 2010 Annual Checklist, 1,257,735 species
- 2009 Annual Checklist, 1,160,711 species
- 2008 Annual Checklist, 1,105,589 species
- 2007 Annual Checklist, 1,008,965 species
- 2006 Annual Checklist, 884,552 species
- 2005 Annual Checklist, 526,323 species
- A list of contributing databases
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