About the Rotifer World Catalog

Please note that bugs and performance issues may still occur in this regulary updated and improved database. 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: 20 November 2020

 

At present the RWC stores 4022 nominal taxa of specific or infraspecific rank, of which 3055 are nomenclaturally available names sensu ICZN*

Including generic and higher taxon names the RWC-Nomenclator currently amounts to 4399 taxonomic names.


Collotheca judayi EdmondsonTaxon statistics for Phylum Rotifera:  

3268

3541

Species, all

Species, all (incl. subspecies)

2025

2168

Species, valid

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

38

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:

21084

Occurrence records (7755 georeferenced)

14402

Illustrated records (published artwork & photographs)

4014

Bibliographic references

1892

Localities (all georeferenced)

3880

Collecting events (all georeferenced)

1582

Habitat images

878

Specimen images (museum specimens and field observations)

5226

Specimen preparations

1976

Type specimen preparations (1190 name bearing types)

75


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: