Source databases

The data in current edition of the Catalogue of Life have been provided by 153 databases. Most datasets include one or more global species database sectors (GSDs), i.e. datasets being developed to cover all of the world's species in a particular group of organisms. A few datasets provide regional information for groups not yet covered globally. The datasets result from collaboration and editing by many expert taxonomists, whose names are found in the datasets themselves. A brief summary is listed below giving: database short and full names; home page on the web; the author(s) or editor(s); organisation; the group for which data are provided, preceded by its higher classification; and the number of species and infraspecific taxa included in this checklist.

Database Qualifiers
In the Catalogue of Life we introduce "Database Qualifiers" which shown in the interface. Qualifiers give users a quick guide to the reliability of presented data. Qualifiers have been given by authors/editors of each database and appear on the Database Details page, and alongside, with the database name on each Species Details page. Qualifiers reflect data reliability in the Catalogue of Life only, and are not applicable to the original view of the database throught its own website. Qualifiers include:

• Geographic Coverage (values G for "Global" and R for "Regional")
• Taxonomic Completeness (values 1 - 100%)
• Checklist Confidence (values , see below for details)
- Caution! This data set does not contain well-scrutinised taxonomic checklist, and in parts may be a list of taxonomically unvetted names only. However, it is used temporarily by the Catalogue of Life to fill major gaps as only available source at the time. See database abstract for more details.
- Caution! This data set is a scrutinised taxonomic checklist, but it is incomplete and at an early stage of its development. See database abstract for more details.
- This is a well-scrutinised taxonomic checklist, but it is restricted to a subset of species by geography (regional database), or sector of biological discipline (e.g. thematic database in particular ecological area, conservation, quarantine, pest and disease control, medicine or molecular biology, etc). This data set was included in the Catalogue of Life to fill gaps at lower levels of the taxonomic classification (e.g. species, genera) as temporarily solution. See database abstract for more details.
- This is a nearly complete and fully scrutinised taxonomic checklist with a good quality of expertise at the current stage of its development.
- This is a complete and fully scrutinised taxonomic checklist for an entire taxon with a high quality of expertise and frequent updates, which covers nearly all known species diversity in the taxon worldwide.

Source database ascending English name of the group Living species Extinct species
3i Cicadellinae: 3i interactive keys and taxonomic databases, subfamily Cicadellinae Leafhoppers 2,151 0
3i Cicadoidea: 3i interactive keys and taxonomic databases, superfamily Cicadoidea Cicadas 3,054 0
3i Typhlocybinae: 3i interactive keys and taxonomic databases, subfamily Typhlocybinae Leafhoppers 4,788 0
AFD: Australian Faunal Directory (Pulmonata) Snails and slugs (some groups) 880 0
AnnonBase: Annonaceae GSD Custard apples 2,440 0
AphidSF: Aphid Species File Aphids and allied groups 5,173 304
BdelloideaBase: Bdellid & Cunaxid Databases Bdellid and cunaxid mites 665 0
Brassicaceae species checklist and database Crucifers, mustard or cabbage family 3,778 0
Brentids: Brentidae of the world NEW! Straight-snouted weevils 1,755 0
CarabCat: Global database of ground beetles Ground beetles 37,406 0
Catalogue of Life China Various taxa from China 2,324 0
CCW: Catalogue of Craneflies of the World Craneflies 14,827 0
ChenoBase: Chenopodiaceae GSD Goosefoot family 2,010 0
ChiloBase: A World Catalogue of Centipedes (Chilopoda) for the web Centipedes 3,146 0
CilCat: The World Ciliate Catalog Ciliates 8,669 0
CIPA: Computer Aided Identification of Phlebotomine sandflies of Americas Phlebotomine sandflies 396 0
CockroachSF: Cockroach Species File Cockroaches 4,558 0
CoL Management Classification: A Higher Level Classification of All Living Organisms NEW! Biota 0 0
Conifer Database Conifers 615 0
COOL: Cercopoidea Organised On Line UPDATED! Froghoppers 2,608 0
CoreoideaSF: Coreoidea Species File Leatherbugs 3,079 10
DermapteraSF: Dermaptera Species File UPDATED! Earwigs 1,882 41
Dothideomycetes 5,651 0
Droseraceae Database Sundew family 179 0
ELPT: Early Land Plants Today - Uniting Taxonomy, Nomenclature & Geography (liverworts and hornworts) Hornworts and liverworts 824 0
EmbiopteraSF: Embioptera Species File UPDATED! Webspinners 397 12
ETI WBD: World Biodiversity Database (Euphausiacea) Krill 86 0
FADA Bivalvia: World checklist of freshwater Bivalvia species Bivalves 1,127 0
FADA Cladocera: World checklist of freshwater Cladocera species Water fleas 1,043 0
FADA Copepoda: World checklist of freshwater Copepoda species Copepods 703 0
FADA Ephemeroptera: World checklist of freshwater Ephemeroptera species Mayflies 3,341 0
FADA Halacaridae: World checklist of freshwater Halacaridae species Aquatic mites 59 0
FADA Nematomorpha: World checklist of freshwater Nematomorpha species Freshwater hairworms 356 0
FADA Rotifera: Annotated checklist of the rotifers (Phylum Rotifera) Rotifers 2,014 0
FADA Turbellaria: World checklist of freshwater Turbellaria species Planarians 1,449 0
Fauna Europaea, subphylum Turbellaria (Platyhelminthes) NEW! Turbellarians 237 0
FishBase UPDATED! Fishes 33,124 0
FLOW: Fulgoromorpha Lists On the WEB UPDATED! Planthoppers 12,636 298
GCC: Global Compositae Checklist Aster or sunflower family 32,284 0
Global Gracillariidae: Global Taxonomic Database of Gracillariidae Gracillariid moths 1,855 0
GloBIS (GART): Global Butterfly Information System Hairstreaks, blues, coppers, swallowtails and whites 8,001 0
Glomeromycota Glomeromycota 194 0
Hexacorals: Hexacorallians of the World Sea anemones 738 0
HymIS: Hymenoptera Information System Crabronids, spider-hunting and rhopalosomatid wasps 11,096 0
ICTV/MSL: International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses / Master Species List UPDATED! Viruses and subviral agents 3,186 0
ILDIS World Database of Legumes Legumes 16,382 0
IOPI Global Plant Checklist Five families of seed plants 1,845 0
ITIS Bees: World Bee Checklist Bees 20,446 0
ITIS Global: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System UPDATED! Wide range of global taxonomic checklists of different taxa 105,885 0
ITIS Regional: The Integrated Taxonomic Information System UPDATED! Wide range of taxa in all kingdoms 35,476 0
Lace Bugs Database (Hemiptera: Tingidae) UPDATED! Lace bugs 2,351 0
LDL Neuropterida Species of the World Lacewings, antlions, owlflies, fishflies, dobsonflies, snakeflies and relatives 6,424 0
LecyPages: The Lecythidaceae Pages Brazil nut family 311 0
LepIndex: The Global Lepidoptera Names Index Butterflies and moths 136,740 0
LHD: Lacistemataceae Holistic Database Waits Numi plant family 25 0
LIAS: A Global Information System for Lichenized and Non-Lichenized Ascomycetes Lichens 8,949 0
MantodeaSF: Mantodea Species File UPDATED! Praying mantids 2,466 23
MBB: Moss Bug Base Moss bugs 32 0
Microsporidia: Unicellular spore-forming protozoan parasites Microsporidians 1,104 0
Mites GSDs: OlogamasidBase Ologamasid mites 446 0
Mites GSDs: PhytoseiidBase Phytoseiid mites 2,186 0
Mites GSDs: RhodacaridBase Rhodacarid mites 145 0
Mites GSDs: TenuipalpidBase Tenuipalpid mites 887 0
MolluscaFW: World Checklist of Freshwater Mollusca Fresh water gastropods 3,765 0
MOST: Moss TROPICOS Database Mosses 13,364 0
MOWD: Membracoidea of the World Database Treehoppers and leafhoppers 15,387 0 An online nomenclatural information system of Eumycetozoa Slime moulds 1,111 0
NZIB: New Zealand Inventory of Biodiversity Various animalian taxa from New Zealand 2,882 0
Odonata: Global Species Database of Odonata Dragonflies and damselflies 5,912 0
OrthopteraSF: Orthoptera Species File Grasshoppers, locusts, katydids, crickets 25,970 730
Parhost: World Database of Fleas Fleas 2,047 0
PhasmidaSF: Phasmida Species File UPDATED! Stick and leaf insects 3,074 0
Phyllachorales Tropical tar-spot fungi 1,673 0
PlecopteraSF: Plecoptera Species File UPDATED! Stoneflies 3,571 228
PsocodeaSF: Psocodea Species File UPDATED! Bark lices & parasitic lices 5,905 90
Psyl'list: Psylloidea database UPDATED! Jumping plant lice 3,385 0
Rhytismatales Tar-spot fungi 712 0
RJB Geranium: Geranium Taxonomic Information System Cranesbills, geraniums 345 0
Saccharomycetes Ascomycetous yeast forming fungi 1,012 0
ScaleNet: Systematic Database of the Scale Insects of the World Scale insects 7,090 0
Scarabs: World Scarabaeidae Database UPDATED! Scarab beetles 38,117 248
Solanaceae Source Nightshade genus 1,082 0
Species 2000 additional Common Names for the Catalogue of Life 0 0
Species Fungorum Fungi; protozoan fungi; chromistan fungi 108,432 0
SpmWeb: Spider Mites Web Spider mites 1,265 0
Strepsiptera Database: Global Strepsiptera Database UPDATED! Twisted-winged parasites 607 10
SysMyr: Systematic Myriapod Database Diplopods, pauropods and symphylans 12,635 0
Systema Dipterorum Flies, mosquitoes, bots, midges and gnats 138,934 0
Taxapad Ichneumonoidea Ichneumonid and braconid wasps 42,370 0
Tessaratomidae Database: Illustrated catalog of Tessaratomidae Tessaratomids 240 0
The Reptile Database Reptiles 9,789 0
The Scorpion Files NEW! Scorpions 2,217 0
The White-Files: Taxonomic checklist of the world’s whiteflies (Insecta: Hemiptera: Aleyrodidae) UPDATED! Whiteflies 1,557 0
The World List of Cycads, online edition NEW! Cycads 353 0
TicksBase Ticks 867 0
Tineidae NHM: Global Taxonomic Database of Tineidae (Lepidoptera) Clothes-moths 2,443 0
TITAN: Cerambycidae database UPDATED! Longhorn beetles, timber beetles 33,955 0
Trichomycetes Fungi associated with Arthropods 339 0
UCD: Universal Chalcidoidea Database Chalcidoid wasps 19,847 0
URMO: UNESCO-IOC Register of Marine Organisms Many groups of marine invertebrates and chordates 6,483 0
WCSP: World Checklist of Selected Plant Families UPDATED! 113 families of seed plants 120,279 0
World Ferns: Checklist of Ferns and Lycophytes of the World UPDATED! Ferns and fern-allies 13,269 0
World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World UPDATED! 290 families of flowering plants 133,964 0
WoRMS Acanthocephala: World List of Acanthocephala Acanthocephalans or spiny-headed worms 207 0
WoRMS Acoelomorpha: World list of Acoelomorpha UPDATED! 438 0
WoRMS Asteroidea: World Asteroidea database UPDATED! Starfish or sea stars 1,835 1
WoRMS Bochusacea: World List of Bochusacea UPDATED! 6 0
WoRMS Brachiopoda: World Brachiopoda database UPDATED! Lamp-shells 396 0
WoRMS Brachypoda: World List of Brachypoda UPDATED! Brachypods 12 0
WoRMS Brachyura: World List of marine Brachyura UPDATED! Crabs 7,047 2
WoRMS Bryozoa: World List of Bryozoa UPDATED! Bryozoans, moss animals 5,646 43
WoRMS Cephalochordata: World list of Cephalochordata UPDATED! Lancelets 30 0
WoRMS Cestoda: World list of Cestoda Tapeworms 1,583 0
WoRMS Chaetognatha: World list of Chaetognatha UPDATED! Arrow worms 131 0
WoRMS Cumacea: World Cumacea database UPDATED! Cumaceans or hooded shrimps 1,533 0
WoRMS Echinoidea: World Echinoidea Database UPDATED! Sea urchins 1,007 2,169
WoRMS Foraminifera: World Foraminifera Database UPDATED! Foraminifers 8,972 0
WoRMS Gastrotricha: World Gastrotricha Database UPDATED! Gastrotrichs or hairy backs 823 0
WoRMS Gnathostomulida: World list of Gnathostomulida UPDATED! Gnathostomulids or jaw worms 98 0
WoRMS Holothuroidea: World List of Holothuroidea UPDATED! Sea cucumbers 1,682 0
WoRMS Hydrozoa: World Hydrozoa database UPDATED! Hydroids 3,643 34
WoRMS Isopoda: World Marine, Freshwater and Terrestrial Isopod Crustaceans database UPDATED! Pillbugs, slaters and woodlice 10,304 18
WoRMS Kinorhyncha: World list of Kinorhyncha UPDATED! Mud dragons 188 0
WoRMS Leptostraca: World List of Leptostraca UPDATED! Leptostraca 54 1
WoRMS Merostomata: World list of Merostomata UPDATED! Horseshoe crabs 4 0
WoRMS Mollusca: World Marine Mollusca database Marine molluscs 35,028 0
WoRMS Monogenea: World list of Monogenea Monogenean flatworms 1,868 0
WoRMS Mystacocarida: World List of Mystacocarida UPDATED! Mystacocarids 13 0
WoRMS Myxozoa: World list of Myxozoa Myxozoans 194 0
WoRMS Nemertea: World Nemertea database UPDATED! Ribbon worms 1,252 0
WoRMS Octocorallia: World list of Octocorallia UPDATED! Soft corals, blue coral, sea pens and gorgonians 3,575 3
WoRMS Oligochaeta: World List of Marine Oligochaeta UPDATED! Earthworms, oligochaetes 912 0
WoRMS Ophiuroidea: World Ophiuroidea database UPDATED! Brittle stars and basket stars 2,073 273
WoRMS Orthonectida: World list of Orthonectida UPDATED! Orthonectids 25 0
WoRMS Phoronida: World Phoronida database UPDATED! Horseshoe worms 19 0
WoRMS Placozoa: World Placozoa Database UPDATED! Placozoans or pancake animals 1 0
WoRMS Polychaeta: World Polychaeta database UPDATED! Bristle worms 11,395 475
WoRMS Polycystina: World list of Polycystina (Radiolaria) UPDATED! Polycystines (radiolarian protists) 417 0
WoRMS Porifera: World Porifera database UPDATED! Sponges 8,691 17
WoRMS Priapulida: World list of Priapulida UPDATED! Priapulid worms or penis worms 19 0
WoRMS Proseriata-Kalyptorhynchia: World database of Proseriata and Kalyptorhynchia Freeliving flatworms 1,005 0
WoRMS Remipedia: World Remipedia Database UPDATED! Remipedes 24 0
WoRMS Rhombozoa: World list of Rhombozoa UPDATED! Rhombozoans 122 0
WoRMS Scaphopoda: World List of Scaphopoda UPDATED! Tusk shells 571 1
WoRMS Tanaidacea: World List of Tanaidacea UPDATED! Tanaids 1,331 15
WoRMS Tantulocarida: World List of Tantulocarida UPDATED! Tantulocaridans 36 0
WoRMS Thermosbaenacea: World List of Thermosbaenacea UPDATED! Hot-springs shrimps 35 0
WoRMS Trematoda: World list of Trematoda Flukes 1,785 0
WoRMS Xenoturbellida: World List of Xenoturbellida UPDATED! Xenoturbellids 2 0
WSC: World Spider Catalog NEW! Spiders 44,966 0
WTaxa: Electronic Catalogue of Weevil names (Curculionoidea) Weevils 97,420 0
WWW: World Wide Wattle NEW! Wattles, thorntrees, acacias 1,448 0
Xylariaceae: Home of the Xylariaceae Fungi associated with dead wood 2,197 0
ZOBODAT: Zoological-Botanical Database (Vespoidea) Vespid wasps 6,203 0
Zygomycetes Pin moulds and related fungi 1,027 0