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My dear colleagues,
Please be so kind and forward this page to your colleagues who can help us to build this database of all genera names. The database will be available to all for free..

Our progress, what we have and How to contribute is best seen on our website in subdirectory COLEOPTERA DATABASES in the section LIST OF GENERA


The uBio project is developing an indexing system for biology for use on the internet. It has been supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, and will place its products in the public domain.

uBio uses the TNS taxonomic name server. In order to work, TNS must be supplied with the names of organisms. TNS maps alternative names of organisms (whether they are taxonomically correct, colloquial names or mis-spellings) against each other, and places the names within flexible multiple hierarchical structures. UBio is not an authoritative taxonomic resource, but it does rely on expert taxonomists for the supply and maintenance of names. We work with Species2000, Catalogue of Life, GBIF and ITIS (inter alia) and with individual taxonomists.

uBio will provide name and classification management tools and will develop an array of interfaces to allow expert collaborators to import and export information with ease. We will also develop and deliver software products which will assist compilers and users of taxonomic information.

The current phase of development ends in 2004, by which time we will make available core TNS software, an indexing system with all (95%+) generic names, demonstration applications and software.

uBio is not a commercial operation. It is an academic research and development exercise and as such adopts the norms of the academic world in seeking co-operation and a two way flow of information and insights

Given the extent of the insects, we are seeking offers of co-operation.


What we would like to receive
We seek global lists of generic names. The information can be provided as a tab-delimited text file (but database outputs, excel files, WORD and other document files are acceptable). The field structure should be:
· Name of group
· Family
· (Other ranks)
· Genus name
· (Genus Authority)
· (Species name)
· (Species authority)
where the items in bold are essential and the names in parentheses are optional.

Here are typical samples of a text file and an excel file. However, we are flexible and can adapt to suit the format that you are familiar with.:

Family Artematopodidae
Contributor: T. Hörnschemeyer

Family Artematopodidae
Subfamily Electribiinae
Electribius Crowson, 1973
Electribius oligocenicus Crowson, 1973
Electribius friederichi Hörnschemeyer , 1998
Electribius balticus Hörnschemeyer , 1998
Electribius procerus Hörnschemeyer , 1998
Electribius crowsoni Lawrence, 1995
Electribius similes Lawrence, 1995

Subfamily Artematopodinae
Tribe Artematopodini
Artematopus Perty, 1830
Artematopus affinis Castelnau, 1840
Artematopus apicalis Pic, 1942
Artematopus baeri Pic, 1913
Artematopus bifasciatus Pic, 1918

EXCEL file sample:
Family Subfamily Tribe Genus Species Author year contributor
1973 Hörnschemeyer

Artematopodidae Electribiinae
1973 Hörnschemeyer

Artematopodidae Electribiinae
Hörnschemeyer 1998 Hörnschemeyer

Artematopodidae Electribiinae
Lawrence 1995 Hörnschemeyer

Artematopodidae Electribiinae
1830 Hörnschemeyer


Progress to date
If you are interested, please consult our progress with the insects so far and mail us at if you have information in an area not already covered.


How the names list might be used
is a web site which uses an early development version of TNS to organize information (images and descriptions) of micro-organisms. It illustrates one way in which a name server can be used to draw together distributed information about organisms. In addition to helping to organise web sites, the name server will be able to reconcile alternative names within internet search functions and to link information on the same organism on the internet but under different names, provide access to information about organisms for on-line identification tools, act as a repository for biodiversity information, and provide taxonomic metadata for other biological databases.


The next step:
At this time, we, and collaborators, have collected the names of almost all genera of all types of living organisms. Over one and half million names are already in uBio database. This provides the framework around which we will assemble the lists of species names, relying heavily on the help of colleagues.
Our immediate objective is a more detailed structure that is dedicated to supplying information about insects. The insects are the most diverse of all types of organisms. As pests and parasites, insects have a profound influence on our economic and general well being. The compilation of insect names will provide the basis of an indexing structure that experts can use to identify valuable sites holding information and make these sites visible to end users.

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