The 2010 Annual Checklist contains contributions from 77databases with information on 1,257,735 species and 98,075 infraspecific taxa, and also includes 886,882 synonyms and 343,586 common names covering the following groups:
Viruses • Viruses and Subviral agents from ICTV_MSL
Fungi • Various taxa in whole or in part from CABI Bioscience databases (Species Fungorum, Phyllachorales, Rhytismatales and Zygomycetes databases) and from three other databases covering Xylariaceae, Glomeromycota and Trichomycetes
Plantae (Plants) • Mosses from MOST • Liverworts and hornworts from ELPT NEW! • Conifers from Conifer Database • Cycads and 6 flowering plant families from IOPI-GPC and 93 families from World Checklist of Selected Plant Families • Plus individual groups: Brazil Nut family (LecyPages), Cranesbills (RJB Geranium), Crucifers (Brassicaceae NEW!), Custard Apple family (AnnonBase), Legume family (ILDIS), Nightshade genus (Solanaceae Source), Sundew family (Droseraceae Database), Sunflower family (GCC NEW!) and Waits Numi family (LHD)
Animalia (Animals) • Sponges from WoRMS Porifera • Marine invertebrates (12 phyla & 10 classes ) and chordates (4 classes) from URMO • Sea anemones from the Hexacorals • Rotifers from Rotifera • Entoprocts, cycliophorans, velvet worms, water bears from ITIS • Shrimps, krill, cumaceans, freshwater crabs from ITIS, ETI WBD (Euphausiacea), WoRMS Cumacea, FWCrabs NEW! • Spiders, scorpions, ticks & mites from SpidCat, SalticidDB NEW!, ITIS, TicksBase & Mites GSDs (PhytoseiidBase NEW! & TenuipalpidBase NEW!) • Diplopods, centipedes, pauropods and symphylans from SysMyr and ChiloBase • Dragonflies and damselflies from the Odonata database • Stoneflies from PlecopteraSF • Cockroaches from BSF • Praying mantids from MSF • Stick and leaf insects from PSF • Grasshoppers, locusts, katydids and crickets from OSF • Some groups of true bugs from ScaleNet, FLOW, COOL, Psyllist, ASF & MBB NEW! • Lacewings, antlions, owlflies, fishflies, dobsonflies & snakeflies from LDL Neuropterida • Some beetle groups from the Scarabs, TITAN, WTaxa & ITIS • Fleas from Parhost • Flies, mosquitoes, bots, midges and gnats from BDWD, CCW & CIPA • Butterflies and moths from LepIndex, GloBIS (GART), Tineidae NHM, World Gracillariidae • Bees & wasps from ITIS Bees, Taxapad Ichneumonoidea NEW!, UCD and ZOBODAT (Vespoidea) • Snails and slugs from AFD (Pulmonata) • Horseshoe worms, lamp-shells, brittle and basket stars from WoRMS Brachiopoda & Phoronida • Fishes from FishBase • Reptiles from TIGR Reptiles • Amphibians, birds and mammals from ITIS
Structure of the Annual Checklist
The goal is to list every distinct species in each group of organisms. At present, some groups are globally complete, some are represented by global sectors that are nearing completion, and others are represented by partial sectors. The global sectors, whether complete or not, are provided by selected, peer reviewed global species databases (GSDs - see definition below) in the Species 2000 federation or by equivalent global sectors of ITIS. The partial sectors are supplied principally by ITIS (N America), but also Species Fungorum and the Australian Faunal Directory, with the result that N American species are sometimes the only species represented for these incomplete groups.
GSDs aspire to the following properties
• Cover one taxon worldwide
• Contain a taxonomic checklist of all species within that taxon
• Deal with species as taxa, and contain synonymy and taxonomic opinion
• Have an explicit mechanism for seeking at least one responsible/consensus taxonomy, and for applying it consistently
• Cross-index significant alternative taxonomies in their synonymy
Each species is listed with an accepted scientific name, a cited reference and its family and/or position in the hierarchical classification. Additional common names and synonyms may be provided, but these data are not complete, and for some species none may exist. The complete list of fields (known as the "Catalogue of Life Standard Dataset") is given below:
(1) Accepted scientific name (and reference)
(2) Synonyms (and references)
(3) Common names (and references)
(4) Latest taxonomic scrutiny (name of person and date)
(5) Source database
(6) Additional data (optional)
(7) Family to which species belongs
(8) Classification above family, and highest taxon in database
(10) Reference(s) (optional)
More detailed information about the Standard Dataset is available on the Species 2000 website (http://www.sp2000.org)
Each species is linked via the genus and family to the taxonomic classification. Above the node of attachment of each data sector this classification has been agreed by Species 2000 and ITIS as a practical management tool to provide access to the Catalogue, the Catalogue of Life Taxonomic Classification Edition 1. This top level classification has remained unchanged in 2005-2010. However, below the nodes of attachment for each taxonomic sector, the classification originates from the supplier databases and so may change from year to year. Because of these lower level changes there are therefore annual versions of Edition 1 for 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010. Please also read the draft discussion document "Towards a management hierarchy (classification) for the Catalogue of Life" by Dennis Gordon appended to this edition of the Annual Checklist.
Where available from the suppliers, infraspecific taxa such as subspecies and varieties have also been included but this coverage is variable between taxonomic sectors.
Where possible, a web link back to the supplier's own database is provided at the bottom of each species detail page.
CoL Taxon Identifiers (Taxon LSIDs)
he Catalogue of Life programme started to issue permanent CoL Taxon Identifiers in the 2008 Annual Checklist. Every taxon recognised in the Catalogue, including species and higher taxa, is given a globally unique identifier (GUID) using the Life Science Identifier (LSID) system (http://sourceforge.net/projects/lsids).
Where a taxon record remains unchanged in this 2010 edition, it carries the same LSID as in 2009, except that the revision part changes from AC2009 to AC2010. New or changed taxa in the 2010 edition receive completely new LSIDs. This will enable the introduction in the next few years of change tracking between editions, so that relationships to taxa in previous editions are recorded, and web-services to alert users to changes in name, classification, circumscription or data. Technical users are already able to inspect changes in the metadata provided by the CoL LSID Resolution Service, and to build their own services using them. For more information, see http://www.catalogueoflife.org/lsid. LSIDs in the 2010 Annual Checklist have been generated by Richard White, Cardiff University, UK.
Our LSIDs are long strings of symbols intended only for computer usage. However, the user interface does show LSID buttons (click, and the LSID is displayed in full), and the LSID is shown at the base of each Species Details screen. This is done so that a user can copy and paste the LSIDs into other software or services: it is NOT intended for them to be read or typed.
Functionality of the Annual Checklist
• Species (and infraspecific taxa) can be located either by
searching by name or by tracking down through the hierarchical
• Searching by name can be done using accepted scientific name, synonym or common name. Automatic synonymic and common name indexing takes the user directly to the species under its accepted name. The search can use part names, or be restricted to complete words.
• Tracking down the tree or classification uses accepted names for taxa.
• On each species details page the relevant higher taxa are listed, and provide a link to the relevant node of the hierarchical classification.
• The species details pages link to the source database, usually showing further information.
This DVD contains the Annual Checklist dataset and the software identical to that used on the Web. The structure of the Annual Checklist database has been optimised for performance with the user interface but is not ideal for importing to other systems. The content may be copied subject to the copyright conditions given on the inside cover of this booklet.
The 2010 Annual Checklist Editors
The Catalogue of Life programme combines the outputs of the Species 2000 programme (led by Frank Bisby from Reading, UK) and the ITIS programme (led by Thomas Orrell from Washington, USA). Assembly and publication of the Annual Checklist is managed by Yuri Roskov in Reading working with colleagues around the world.
• Frank Bisby, Species 2000 Executive Director and Team member, at the Species 2000 Secretariat, Reading, UK
• Yuri Roskov, Executive Editor at the Species 2000 Secretariat, Reading, UK
• Thomas Orrell, ITIS Acting Director, ITIS Secretariat, Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
• David Nicolson, ITIS Data Development Leader, USGS/Smithsonian Institution, Washington DC, USA
• Luvie Paglinawan, Annual Checklist Dataset Compiler, at the Species 2000 Philippines Office, WorldFish Center, Los-Baños, Philippines
• Nicolas Bailly, Taxonomic Editorial Advisor for Marine sectors and Species 2000 Philippines Office Manager at the WorldFish Center, Los-Baños, Philippines
• Paul Kirk, Taxonomic Editorial Advisor for Fungi and Chromista sectors at CABI, Egham, UK
• Thierry Bourgoin, Taxonomic Editorial Advisor for Insects at the Museum National d'Histoire Naturelle, Paris, France
• Guy Baillargeon, Taxonomic Editorial Advisor for Plants at Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
Annual Checklist Software Development
• Wouter Addink, Leader of the Annual Checklist Software Development and Software Production at ETI Bioinformatics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Núria Torrescasana Aloy, Senior Annual Checklist Interface Development at ETI Bioinformatics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Dennis Seijts, Junior Annual Checklist Interface Development at ETI Bioinformatics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Gideon Gijswijt, Annual Checklist DVD Master and Installation Development at ETI Bioinformatics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Paul Klinkenberg, Annual Checklist Cover Design and DVD Production at ETI Bioinformatics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Jorrit van Hertum, former author of the Annual Checklist Software and Annual Checklist Optimizer Software at ETI Bioinformatics, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
• Richard White, author of Taxon Matcher Software at Cardiff University, UK
The Annual Checklist Assembly Interface is developed by Luvie Paglinawan and Nicolas Bailly, Species 2000 Philippines Office at the WorldFish Center, Los-Baños, Philippines.