Taxa, texts, and trees

A database linking taxonomic names to their original descriptions, to taxa, and to phylogenies.

Page RDM. (2013) BioNames: linking taxonomy, texts, and trees. PeerJ 1:e190 (See About for credits)

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Darwin Core Archives of the data are available from Zenodo. 10.5281/zenodo.16863

Taxonomic names

The core of BioNames are the over 4 million animal names listed by the ION database. BioNames enhances these by linking (wherever possible) to the original description, so you can see the evidence for a name.


BioNames includes hundreds of thousands of publications, many linked to online literature using DOIs or other identifiers. Many open access articles from archives such as BioStor can be read directly in BioNames.


BioNames includes phylogenies from the PhyLoTA project. These have been enhanced with colour-coding, and links to supporting publications. Great for exploring "dark taxa".