About the Rotifer World Catalog
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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: 01 October 2016
At present the RWC stores 3982 nominal taxa of specific or infraspecific rank, of which 3607 are nomenclaturally available names sensu ICZN*.
Including generic and higher taxon names the RWC-Nomenclator currently amounts to 4359 taxonomic names.
Taxon statistics for Phylum Rotifera:
Species, all (incl. subspecies)
Species, valid (incl. subspecies)
Species inquirendae et incertae sedis
Nomina nuda (Species)
Genera, all (incl. subgenera)
Genera, valid (incl. subgenera)
Genera inquirendae et incertae sedis
Nomina nuda (Genera)
Data statistics for the RWC:
Occurrence records (6984 georeferenced)
Illustrated records (published artwork & photographs)
Localities (all georeferenced)
Collecting events (all georeferenced)
Specimen images (museum specimens and field observations)
Type specimen preparations (1139 name bearing types)
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: