Species 2000Species 2000 is an autonomous federation of taxonomic database custodians, involving taxonomists throughout the world. Our goal is to collate a uniform and validated index to the world’s known species (plants, animals, fungi and microbes). Species 2000 is registered as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 3479405)

Species 2000 began as a joint programme between CODATA(link is external) (International Council for Science: Committee on Data for Science and Technology), IUBS(link is external) (International Union of Biological Sciences) and the IUMS(link is external) (International Union of Microbiological Societies) in the early 1990’s. In 1996 eighteen taxonomic database organisations agreed to convert Species 2000 into a legal entity as the vehicle for developing the global Species 2000 programme. It is an associate participant in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility ( GBIF(link is external) ); a data provider to EC LifeWatch(link is external) ; and is recognised by the United Nations Environment Program ( UNEP(link is external) ) and the Convention on Biological Diversity ( CBD(link is external) ).
Species 2000 is a partner of the Consortium of European Taxonomic Facilities (CETAF(link is external)) and works with their community on the construction of an authoritative taxonomic index of species: Catalogue of Life.

Species 2000 has a distributed Secretariat: the administrative office and staff are hosted and sponsored by Naturalis Biodiversity Center(link is external) in the Netherlands, the Editorial Office is hosted and sponsored by the Illinois Natural History Survey(link is external) in the USA, and the Data managers are hosted by FIN(link is external) (the FishBase Information and Research Group, Inc.) in the Philippines.

Catalogue of Life

The Species 2000 and Integrated Taxonomic Information System ( ITIS(link is external) ) product, the Catalogue of Life(link is external) is the most comprehensive and authoritative global index of species currently available. It consists of a single integrated species checklist and taxonomic hierarchy. The Catalogue holds essential information on the names, relationships and distributions of over 1.6 million species. This figure continues to rise as information is compiled from diverse sources around the world. More information about the collaboration between Species 2000 and ITIS can be found under Organisation(link is external)  on the Catalogue of Life Website

Catalogue of Life June 2017(link is external)

Catalogue of Life 2017 Annual Checklist(link is external)

You may send a request to receive a free copy of the Catalogue of Life Annual Checklist on DVD-ROM by e-mail to sp2000@sp2000.org(link sends e-mail)
Please state a reason if you request more than one copy.

Downloadable CD/DVD ISO image:  Archive versions from earlier years are available from here(link is external),

Url : http://www.sp2000.org/