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August 17, 2023 / by Olaf Bánki

Monthly Release August 2023

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Catalogue of Life (COL) is an assembly of expert-based global species checklists with the aim to build a comprehensive catalogue of all known species of organisms on Earth. As a global consortium, we aim to address the needs of researchers, policy-makers, environmental managers and the wider public for a consistent and up-to-date listing of all the world’s known species. We are happy to announce that we have just published the COL Checklist August 2023 online!

The COL Checklist is now issued with a CC-BY license! The COL Checklist contains over 2,1 million accepted species. About 1.98 million are living species, and the rest are extinct. A large community of taxonomists, over 500 experts globally, representing 164 data sources is underpinning this global species list. Although the COL Checklist aspires to cover all described extant species, there are still deficiencies for particular taxonomic groups.

A detailed list of source changes can be found in ChecklistBank where you can also view changes between other releases.

What’s new in the August edition?

78 checklists updated:

  • 3i Auchenorrhyncha
  • Bryonames
  • Entiminae
  • Gelechiidae
  • GLI (Lepidoptera)
  • ITIS (incl. new global checklists for superfamily Eupodoidea and order Diplostraca (except cladoceran families from FADA Cladocera)
  • Scarabs
  • Sesiidae
  • SF Isoptera
  • WCO (Opiliones)
  • WOL (Odonata)
  • World Ferns
  • WoRMS, 65 checklists

Other changes:

  • World Plants have replaced Droseraceae family previously taken from the Droseraceae Database