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Universal taxonomic database

Karen Sanamyan prg at newmail.ru
Thu Jun 22 03:15:53 EST 2000

Taxonomic database - ZooBase - available on 

ZooBase is a tool for professional taxonomists and 
systematics designed for navigating through literature, 
taxonomic descriptions and synonymy of nominal species. It 
provide information who and where has described this 
species as valid, who and where has included this species 
in the synonymy of other species and so on. 
There are several programs for systematics, some of them 
are simply electronic keys for species identification 
(useful for students, but not for specialists), others 
require drawing up a list of valid species. But what to do, 
if one specialist says that certain species is invalid, 
while other continuously uses this name as valid? 
This problem does not exist in ZooBase. ZooBase is a 
collection of headings of species description compiled from 
taxonomic papers, accompany with the synonyms given in 
these papers. And the search system allow to find necessary 
records and display them in proper format. 
User can easily update the database by information on the 
taxonomic group he studies.
See http://taxon.newmail.ru for details and download.


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