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The National Checklist of Taiwan

Latest version published by Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility (TaiBIF) on May 23, 2020 Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility (TaiBIF)

The catalog of Taiwanese species is call "TaiBNET" and the national node of GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) in Taiwan is called "TaiBIF". Currently, the websites have been established at Academia Sinica ( and Both of the Biodiversity Research Center and the Computing Center of Academia Sinica are in charge of the maintenance and the updating biodiversity related information and data. Through the node, the background of participating GBIF, related documents, news, upcoming conferences, name list of Taiwanese taxonomists, catalog of life in Taiwan, specimen database, biodiversity related organization, team research projects, independent biological databases, natural heritage, and local publications etc. can be accessed. Among them, "Name list of Taiwanese taxonomists" and "Catalog of Life of Taiwan" are one promoting project sponsored by the National Science Council. So far, 236 local taxonomists have included their titles, telephones, e-mail addresses, and the taxa that they are expertised. In the future, we hope to include all of the ecologists or the applied scientists in agriculture, forestry, fishery, and animal husbandry in the name list. The first phase of Catalog of Life in Taiwan will contain the following items of animals (including insects), plants, and fungi: species names, authors and year, suggested Chinese names, endemic in Taiwan or not, their classification hierarchy, the most authorized citation proving that particular species has occurred in Taiwan. Users can get the name list of one group of organisms through keywords search, species name searching, or image searching etc. Further information of each species can be obtained through the hyperlink to more than 18 well-known global databases or networks, such as Species2000 and ITIS etc. Right now, more than 30,000 species have been compiled, and we hope to collect more than 60,000 species by July 2004. Species checklist of the microorganisms will be included next year. We hope to get more funding and collaborators in the next phase to collect specimen or ecological photos (endemic species first), description (morphology, ecology and biology), geographical distribution, synonyms, literatures, as well as deposited specimen data for each species. Through this node, the most authorized information of high biodiversity and endemism of Taiwan can be exchanged and shared with other GBIF participants. This mission is also requested by both of the Convention on Biological Diversity and GBIF to each member because in such a way, education, research, and conservation of biodiversity in the world could be promoted effectively.

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 57,145 records. 3 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Taxon (core)
  • VernacularName 
  • Distribution 
  • Description 

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 57,145 records in English (3 MB) - Update frequency: unknown
Metadata as an EML file download in English (8 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (7 KB)


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility (TaiBIF). This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC) 4.0 License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 1ec61203-14fa-4fbd-8ee5-a4a80257b45a.  Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility (TaiBIF) publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility.




Who created the resource:

Kun-Chi Lai
Research Assistant
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica 128 Sec 2, Academia Rd., Nangang Dist. 115 Taipei TAIWAN TW +886 2 27839161

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Kwang-Tsao Shao
Research Fellow
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica 128 Sec 2, Academia Rd., Nangang Dist. 115 Taipei TAIWAN TW +886 932152991

Who filled in the metadata:

Kun-Chi Lai
Research Assistant
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica 128 Sec 2, Academia Rd., Nangang Dist. 115 Taipei TAIWAN TW +886 2 27839161

Who else was associated with the resource:

Jack Lin
Software Engineer
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica 128 Sec 2, Academia Rd., Nangang Dist. 115 Taipei TW +886 2 27899161

Geographic Coverage

Taiwan island and adjacent islets.

Bounding Coordinates South West [20.77, 117.97], North East [26.77, 124.08]

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 1ec61203-14fa-4fbd-8ee5-a4a80257b45a