There is grandeur in this view of life, with its several
powers, having been originally breathed into a few forms
or into one; and that, whilst this planet has gone cycling
on according to the fixed law of gravity, from so simple a
beginning endless forms most beautiful and most wonderful
have been, and are being, evolved.
is a front-end to the largest taxonomy
databases including the Gbif Backbone, Catalogue of Life,
Encyclopedia of Life and World Flora Online.
It has a search facility for
all taxonomic ranks and vernacular name (common name)
This is version 1 so it may be
rough around the edges in places.
You will need to download the
program, and at least one of the main databases.
[3.5MB] (64 bit only, it will not
work on old 32 bit versions of windows)
Databases Version Dec 2022.
[1GB] linnaean hierarchy (~ 6.1 M
of Life Database
[470MB] Cavalier-Smith phylogeny
(~4 M records)
[700MB] Mixed cladistic / linnaean hierarchy
(~4.7 M records)
[300MB] AGP IV linnaean hierarchy
(~1.4 M Records)
Taxonomy Supplemental Data
[200MB] this needs one of
the datasets above.
The datasets have had minimal
data management, and all have numerous errors and issues.
I have not attempted to correct these problems, instead
made it easy to install new datasets as they become
available. The most complete is the Gbif dataset.
Usage: Download and unzip one
or more databases and place in the same folder as
the program. The program is portable and is not installed,
to remove just delete the program and the database.
The database tab is a set of
tools to install new DWCA format TSV/CSV files, its not
particularly meant to be used by end users, the datasets
all need some data management and alterations to fit into
the program. You can use this tab to look at the raw data
tables if you wish.