ZooBank

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The scientific names of animal species are crucial to effective global communication about biodiversity, and hence its use and conservation. Without broad agreement on the name of a disease-bearing microbe, vital food species, or threatened animal, we can't even begin to combat, exploit or conserve them. So, in scientific language, humans are Homo sapiens and honeybees are Apis mellifera; and this is true all over the world.

The universal acceptance and adoption of a system for naming animals is an incredible achievement for mankind, and started in 1758 with the publication of the 10th edition of Systema Naturae by the Swedish biologist Carolus Linnaeus. Exactly 250 years after the very day that the ICZN Code fixes the official start of scientific zoological nomenclature (January 1, 1758), the ZooBank Registration website was officially launched.

The ZooBank Registry is still very-much a work in progress, and will likely remain so over the course of 2008-2009. The development process is intentionally gradual, to allow the creation of a solid foundation with input and support from as much of the active zoological taxonomy community as possible. Several documents outlining various aspects of the history and development of ZooBank are available here.

The ICZN is especially grateful to Thomson Scientific, owners of the Zoological Record, for their help and assistance in creating an early version of ZooBank based on the Index to Organism Names. As ZooBank continues to grow during its early development period, you may wish to link to the current version of the Index to Organism Names - a much more comprehensive listing of zoological nomenclature, cross-linked to relevant literature. ICZN looks forward to a long and mutually advantageous relationship with Thomson Scientific.

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