Taxonomic code available


  • Anonymous


The third edition of the taxonomic code, a hierarchical system of numerical codes of up to 12 digits used to identify organisms, is now available from the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC). The expanded edition comprises nearly 28,000 entries offering the scientific names and corresponding numerical codes of worldwide flora and fauna from viruses to mammals.

Developed to simplify and systematize computer processing of data about marine organisms, the code has been since applied to help identify aquatic and terrestrial organisms. NODC requires use of the code in all data bases containing biological information.