Published On: Fri, Dec 8th, 2017

Tropical Dutch Biodiversity now in one database

Launch Dutch Caribbean Species Register

WILLEMSTAD - Naturalis Biodiversity Center (NBC) is proud to announce the launch of the Dutch Caribbean Species Register:

www.dutchcaribbeanspecies.org

IguanaFor the first time ever, NBC presents a complete overview of the known biodiversity (animals, plants, fungi) from the Dutch Caribbean: over 7.500 species. This online database is the result of an effort of Naturalis Biodiversity Center - the biodiversity research center and Dutch national natural history museum- to gather all relevant publications on the biodiversity and natural history of the six islands of the Dutch Caribbean: Aruba, Bonaire, Curaçao, Saba, Sint Eustatius and Sint Maarten.

NBC expects the species database to grow over the coming years, as Naturalis processes the results of recent expedition to e.g. Sint Eustatius, during which several species new to science were discovered.

The database contains a wide variety of information. This includes, but is not limited to: literature references, presence status per island, photos, common/local names and habitats. The checklist can be searched and filtered in several ways and can also be navigated through a taxonomic tree. Furthermore, the checklist is illustrated by a growing photo archive of over 2.000 photos of nearly 10% of the species.

Do you want to participate? NBC is looking for volunteer photographers with material from the area and people with knowledge of species occurring in the area. All photos and species information is validated before being published.

“Interested in contributing? Drop us a line at speciesregister@naturalis.nl.

We hope the Dutch Caribbean Species Register will prove to be a useful tool for nature conservation and biodiversity research in the Dutch Caribbean!”

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