About the Rotifer World Catalog

Please note that this is a beta release of the database, and bugs and performance issues may still occur. If you notice any of these, please give us your feedback here, or by contacting us directly at christian.jersabek@sbg.ac.at. 

The Catalog was started in 2006 with the goal to set up an individual page for every rotifer species. A number of organisations and individuals provided support and have contributed in different ways (see a full list of supporters here). MS-Access-based data management and quality control is done by Christian D. Jersabek, who takes full responsibility for data collation and content assembly in this site. Database design and development was by Martin F. Leitner and C. D. Jersabek.

The RWC now includes a complete inventory of all validly published species- and genus-group names known to us. The nomenclator not only covers nomenclaturally available and taxonomically valid names, but also rotifer names that were never available and names that are currently treated as invalid. Higher (suprageneric) taxon entry has so far been completed only for names that are considered to be taxonomically valid. This names-based infrastructure is used to relate an ever growing amount of associated biological, distributional, bibliographical and image data to individual taxa. See data summary below.

 

LAST UPDATE: 12 April 2017

 

At present the RWC stores 3985 nominal taxa of specific or infraspecific rank, of which 3609 are nomenclaturally available names sensu ICZN*

Including generic and higher taxon names the RWC-Nomenclator currently amounts to 4362 taxonomic names.


Collotheca judayi EdmondsonTaxon statistics for Phylum Rotifera:  

3503

Species, all (incl. subspecies)

2134

Species, valid (incl. subspecies)

657

Species synonyms

648

Species inquirendae et incertae sedis

49

Nomina nuda (Species)

331

Genera, all (incl. subgenera)

143

Genera, valid (incl. subgenera)

126

Genus synonyms

37

Genera inquirendae et incertae sedis

5

Nomina nuda (Genera)

35

Families, valid

4

Orders, valid

2

Superorders, valid

2

Subclasses, valid

2

Classes, valid

 

Data statistics for the RWC:

18817

Occurrence records (7041 georeferenced)

12896

Illustrated records (published artwork & photographs)

3874

Bibliographic references

1775

Localities (all georeferenced)

3597

Collecting events (all georeferenced)

1391

Habitat images

844

Specimen images (museum specimens and field observations)

5095

Specimen preparations

1867

Type specimen preparations (1152 name bearing types)

72


Repositories

 

Original data are stored and organized in a relational MS Access 2010 database, currently in 70 tables and 700+ fields, while MS SQL Server 2008 R2 is the database platform used for managing web application data for the RWC.

The RWC-database schema: