Friday, 7 June 2013

Welcome to the Catalogue of Life Blog!

We are very excited to launch our brand new blog as part of our new look website. Here you will find lots of information about species, contributing databases and general information about the Catalogue of Life.

The Catalogue of Life has over 1.35m species of plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms, some 70% of the anticipated total of 1.9m presently known species worldwide. It has achieved this by bringing together global taxonomic expert knowledge through a growing array of supplier databases, and integrating these into a single taxonomic hierarchy and species checklist. This distributed system takes taxonomic knowledge provided and maintained by a community of supplier organisations in the taxonomic profession, combining work by major taxonomic institutions with that of smaller networks and individuals. 

The Catalogue of Life is a unique and scientifically valuable resource. It is used by global biodiversity programmes such as GBIF, Encyclopedia of Life and the IUCN Redlist as well as thousands of users worldwide.

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