The BioSystematic Database of World Diptera (BDWD) is a source of names and
information about those names and the taxa to which they apply. The BDWD is
a set of tools to aid users in finding information about flies. The two main
components of the BDWD are the Nomenclator and the Species database.
The Nomenclator allows users to check names, find the status
(valid or invalid) and correct (valid) name for obsolete ones as well as
basic information such as type, family classification and source for
all names. The Species database is being designed to answer queries
about the attributes of species, such as distribution, biological associates
and economic importance. This database will also serve as a portal by
providing links to other World-Wide-Web resources, such as species pages
where further information may be found.
A reference database is provided to allow users to find printed works about
flies. And lastly a set of tools will be provided for taxonomists
working on flies. These include or will include a database on collections, databases with historical
information on authors, serials where papers on flies have been
published, et cetera.
Information about quality of the data, the
current status of the project, future work plans, team, as well as details
about of the format, abbreviations, et cetera, can be found by following
the project links in the frame.
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You may also find information about North American fly names at the Integrated Taxonomic
Information System (ITIS) World Wide Web site. Some 25,000 names for North
American flies from our BioSystematic Database of World Diptera were
incorporated into the National Oceanographic Data Center (NODC) Code back in
1989. So, you can retreive information about the status of these names by
querying of the ITIS or Species2000 databases.
The BDWD works with ITIS and was an initial member of the Species2000
program. The BDWD is endorsed by the Council for the International Congresses
of Dipterology, a scientific member of the International Union of Biological