IndOBIS Catalogue of Life (IndOBIS CoL, http://www.indobis.org/
) is a work in
progress that aims at collating baseline information on known biota from Indian
Ocean. Other than listing valid scientific name of a species, IndOBIS CoL also
collates data on synonyms, common names, detailed taxon hierarchy and
In December 2005, Dataset 1 containing 13,750 species records (12,592 ... synonyms,
and 5,253 common names) was released. This dataset 1 was culled out from
IndFauna, electronic catalogue of known Indian fauna was developed during
2000-2005 with aim to produce single source catalogue of known Indian fauna.
This is accessible at http://www.ncbi.org.in/. Hence, IndOBIS Dataset 1 is
the marine subset of IndFauna - which has been extracted, and then subjected to
scrutiny by a group of editors that forms the core team of IndOBIS.
This data set was appended with additional 6999 species records, mostly
covering species recorded from other regions of Indian Ocean but beyond Indian
Seas. Hence, together baseline data on 20,749 species records currently crawled
by the OBIS system. These records include 20,749 valid scientific names, 13,432
synonyms, 5,829 common names and 31,576 occurrence details (as on May 6, 2006).
Habitat coverage: Coastal, Mangrove, Backwaters, Estuarine, Marine, Littoral,
Sublittoral, Islands, Lagoons, Islands.
Total number of taxa 20,749 species records (20,749 scientific names, 13,432
synonyms, 5,829 common names, 31,576 occurrences).