Taxon Search Portal

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Search for taxa or locations at the Taxon Search Portal.

You can search for any offered content. For wild cards use %. Alternatively, you can browse taxa.

The searches can also be launched at Plazi-Boston and Plazi-Arizona.





Browse by family

  • This is the beta version that allows to select a family and search along the taxonomic hierarchy. Search

Famous people's taxa

  • This list is an attempt to provide access to taxa named after famous people.


  • This example explores the steps needed to document with the taxonomic treatments the diversity of living organisms (fish, plants, shrimps, bacteria) in Valentin's aquarium.

Ant phylogeny

  • This is a study to document access to ant phylogenetic literature used in preparing the "Phylogeny" section of the "Ant Biology" course at the University of Bern, Switzerland.

Top Ten Species

  • Top Ten Species is a ranking of the most amazing new species published in a calendar year Top Ten Species list

Additional hints:

Taxa Only: when activating this option only for treatment name giving taxa are searched. If this option is deactivated, the search includes all taxa, even those cited within a given treatment.

Exact Match: this option might be important when not using the "name" form for searching a taxon but using the separate taxon forms (genus, species etc.) for looking for a taxon. When the option "Exact Match" is activated, the server is looking only for exact matches.

RSS feeds for treatments:

Users interested in resolving the collection and catalogue numbes of observation data extracted from literature data served to and provided by GBIF can add the code to this base URL: e.g. [