Taxonomic Abstracts


The NamesforLife Taxonomic Abstracts are a professionally curated taxonomic resource that covers all of the bacterial and archaeal taxa with validly published names and phyla that are in common usage. The abstracts are arranged as a verified and complete taxonomy representing current taxonomic opinion.

There are currently over 50,000 abstracts available and new abstracts are added monthly as new species and higher taxa are described, named and published. We work closely with the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP) to ensure that our data is timely and correct.

Our curators have researched the complete history of prokaryotic taxa from the date of initial description (which may date back to the 19th century) to present. Results are presented in the form of a complete bibliography for each strain or higher taxon. We make these bibliographies available as a service to the community in order to provide verifiable data while preserving data provenance.

The NamesforLife (N4L) model separates the nomenclature, taxonomy and the organism into Name, Taxon and Exemplar resources, each represented by a unique Digital Object Identifier (DOI). Each DOI resolves to a citable micropublication (a Taxonomic Abstract), which is guaranteed to be permanently available and appropriate for citation in publications and on the web. We encourage direct linking to our Taxonomic Abstracts over our DOIs, and we can guarantee as a member of CrossRef that our links will always resolve to the appropriate resource.

We hope that you find this resource to be useful, as our team of professional taxonomists, curators and developers will continue to expand this resource in the future.

It is free to create an account to view our entire collection of abstracts. Additionally, if your organization would like to access our complete repository of prokaryotic data, please contact us.

Our data is maintained in cooperation with the International Committee on Systematics of Prokaryotes (ICSP).

This work is supported by the Office of Biological and Environmental Research of the U.S. Department of Energy under Phase I, II and IIb STTR Awards DEFG02-07ER86321 A001-A005.

Special thanks to the Society for General Microbiology, the Genomes OnLine Database, and the DSMZ.

The NamesforLife data architecture and methods are protected by US and foreign patents (pending).

The structure and contents of these documents are the property of NamesforLife, LLC and may not be reused or reproduced in any form without permission.

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