Database details

Full name:

Global Butterfly Information System

Short name:



0.14, Sep 2006

Release date:

June 20th, 2006


C Häuser, J Holstein & A Steiner (eds)

Taxonomic coverage:

Animalia - Arthropoda - Insecta - Lepidoptera - Papilionidae

Number of species names:

553 accepted names; 201 synonyms

Number of infraspecies names:

0 accepted names; 1,264 synonyms

Number of common names:


Total number of names:



The GloBIS/GART database provides the taxonomic backbone for a global information system on butterflies. In addition to the data presented in the Catalogue of Life, the original GloBIS/GART database provides information about the type material such as type locality, status and current location of the type specimens and images, as well as the original and current taxonomic placement. Currently data for the family Papilionidae (swallowtails) are available (553 recognized species, more than 1,800 taxa), with Pieridae to be added shortly, and other butterfly families to follow.


State Museum of Natural History, Stuttgart, Germany

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