The National Checklist of Taiwan (Catalogue of Life in Taiwan, TaiCoL)

Latest version published by Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility (TaiBIF) on Sep 7, 2021 Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility (TaiBIF)

The National Checklist of Taiwan is the authoritative checklist to Taiwanese species and biodiversity. In the current version, over 60800 accepted names with over 97000 synonyms, and Chinese vernaculars are included in the data package. In version 1.7 and before, there were only accepted names provided in the dataset, now the synonyms are also included begins from version 1.8. Together with this checklist dataset publication, "COA Wildlife Conservation List", "Taiwanese IUCN species list" and "Endemic species in Taiwan" are checklist datasets derived for thematic and targeted use, also published and hosted by TaiBIF. Since 2001, more than 800 experts have contributed to this dataset's curation, representing highly diverse Taiwanese biodiversity, given the island's unique geographical location and climate. Users can find the list of involved experts at http://bit.ly/taicol-experts. During 2004-2015, the National Checklist is compared with the global Catalogue of Life Annual Checklist where new names might be introduced, as a mechanism to ensure the capture of relevant species names about Taiwan. The Catalogue of Life in Taiwan (TaiCoL, formerly TaiBNET, https://taicol.tw) project actively maintains the updates by tracking new publications and coordinating experts' contribution. The website is hosted by Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility, TaiBIF(https://portal.taibif.tw) as the national node of GBIF. The TaiCoL (then TaiBNET) project's initial scope was to include species names, authors and year, suggested Chinese vernaculars, endemicity, classification hierarchy, and the most authoritative original literature for all known species of animals (including insects), plants and fungi. Names of bacteria were first contributed in 2004 by Bioresource Collection and Research Center, Food Industry Research and Development Institute (BCRC). In 2008, Dr Cornelia Büchen-Osmond introduced virus names from ICTVdb, the database of the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses (ICTV). Throughout the National Digital Archive Programme and Taiwan E-Learning and Digital Archive Programme (2004-2012), the animal and plant thematic groups, led by Dr Kwang-Tsao Shao and then Dr Ching-I Peng, respectively, frequently contributed to the update. Names for Kingdom Plantae primarily followed the Flora of Taiwan 2nd Edition and adopted APG4 in late 2017 under Dr. Kuo-Fang Chung. Users can retrieve a name list of organisms on the TaiCoL website provided search criteria such as keywords, species names. Some search brings up relevant images as well. Biodiversity Research Center of Academia Sinica, hosting the GBIF node, is responsible for maintaining and updating biodiversity-related information and data. Through the node, people can access the background of GBIF participation, related documents, news, upcoming conferences, name list of Taiwanese taxonomists, catalogue of life in Taiwan, specimen database, biodiversity organizations, team research projects, independent biological databases, natural heritage, and local publications, etc. These respond to the mission of Convention on Biological Diversity, CBD, and GBIF, to effectively promote the conservation of biodiversity through education and research. ACKNOWLEDGEMENT: The Department of Information Technology Services (former Computing Center) of Academia Sinica technically hosted the system during the early days of TaiCoL project.

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 160,492 records. 2 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)
    160492
  • Distribution 
    133164
  • Description 
    3559

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.

Downloads

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 160,492 records in English (5 MB) - Update frequency: annually
Metadata as an EML file download in English (11 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (9 KB)

Versions

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

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Chung KF, Shao KT (2021): The National Checklist of Taiwan. v1.9. Taiwan Biodiversity Information Facility (TaiBIF). Dataset/Checklist. https://ipt.taibif.tw/resource?r=taibnet_com_all&v=1.9

Rights

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 (CC-BY) 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.

Keywords

Checklist; Species; Catalogue of Life in Taiwan; TaiCoL; Inventoryregional; Checklist

Contacts

Who created the resource:

Kwang-Tsao Shao
Research Fellow (Retired)
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica 128 Sec 2, Academia Rd., Nangang Dist. 115 Taipei TAIWAN +886 932152991
http://taibnet.sinica.edu.tw

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Sz-Yi Tsai
Database Administrator
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica 128 Sec 2, Academia Rd., Nangang Dist. 115 Taipei TAIWAN +886 2 27872220 28
http://taicol.tw

Who filled in the metadata:

Kuo-Fang Chung
Associate Research Fellow
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica 128 Sec 2, Academia Rd., Nangang Dist. Taipei TAIWAN
http://www.biodiv.tw/tw/人員/研究人員/鍾國芳

Who else was associated with the resource:

Programmer
Jack Lin
TAIWAN
Processor
Chihjen Ko
Metadata Provider
Programmer
Lee Szu-Hsien
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica Taipei TAIWAN
Programmer
Jason Mai
Developer (2011–2019)
Biodiversity Research Center, Academia Sinica 128 Sec 2, Academia Rd., Nangang Dist. Taipei TAIWAN
Editor
Han Lee
TAIWAN
Editor
Yi-Hsuan Li
TAIWAN

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
https://ipt.taibif.tw/resource?r=taibnet_com_all