Catálogo Taxonômico da Fauna do Brasil

Latest version published by Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro on 01 December 2023 Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro
Publication date:
01 December 2023
CC-BY-NC 4.0

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 184,073 records in Portuguese (13 MB) - Update frequency: monthly
Metadata as an EML file download in Portuguese (9 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in Portuguese (8 KB)


This is the first product of the effort of more than 500 zoologists, experts in many different groups of animals that inhabit the Brazilian territory. Since the start of the Project, in April 2015, the Catálogo Taxonômico da Fauna do Brasil (CTFB) team has been working in an integrated manner to generate the first list of valid species found in the country. So far, we identified 126,039 taxonomically valid species; this is the first time we have a robust value for the richness of our species! The work of our experts was hard and this list would not have been possible without them. Visit the "tabs" and learn a little more about the members of our team, coordinators, authors, and institutions involved.

The list is available for consultation by anyone, but we must emphasize that due to the narrow time, not all data on each species (eg. distribution, habit of life, environment) were introduced into the system. That is GOAL 2 of our project that will be developed during 2016. This is, in fact, a great advantage of this system. It is dynamic and allows additions and corrections in real time, inclusion of newly discovered species, corrections associated with nomenclatural decisions, distribution expansion, among others. Hopefully soon, this site will provide the very latest on the taxonomic knowledge of our species.

To date, 126,039 valid species are known to Brazil, its huge majority of arthropods (about 85% with almost 94,000 species!) and chordates (about 10%). All other species are members of other invertebrate groups. In general, except for some phyla, the number of species of the large majority of phyla exceeded those disclosed in recent estimates. Special mention are the Annelida (almost 1,600 species), Mollusca (with almost 3,100 of valid species), birds (almost 3,000), bony fish (almost 4,400) and amphibians (slightly more than 1,000 species). A quick analysis shows that we are far from knowing our fauna in a comprehensive manner. Much work is still necessary for our taxonomists, many inputs will still be entered into the system. We hope that the CTFB, therefore, represents a facilitator and induces further studies to describe more effectively the animal diversity in Brazil!

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 184,073 records.

4 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Taxon (core)

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

Brazilian Zoology Group (2023): Catálogo Taxonômico da Fauna do Brasil. v1.2. No organisation. Dataset/Checklist.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Instituto de Pesquisas Jardim Botanico do Rio de Janeiro. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License.

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Checklist; Taxonomicauthority; Checklist


Group Brazilian Zoology
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Brazilian Zoology Group
Eduardo Dalcin
  • Metadata Provider
Jardim Botânico do Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro
Rio de Janeiro

Geographic Coverage

Catálogo Taxonômico da Fauna do Brasil

Bounding Coordinates South West [-33.31, -74.34], North East [8.26, -34.3]

Taxonomic Coverage

No Description available

Kingdom Animalia (Animalia)