International Trust For Zoological Nomenclature

International Trust For Zoological Nomenclature

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International Trust For Zoological Nomenclature

Information on biodiversity is linked through unique and universal scientific names. The ICZN provides the rules and acts as the decision-making body for problems in names of animals.

Founded 1895

  • Mission statement

    We are dedicated to achieving stability and sense in scientific names of animals. This provides the foundation for pure and applied research and practical issues wherever information is linked through names of animals. The range of relevant fields is wide, and includes biodiversity and conservation, farming, fisheries & horticulture, medical & veterinary research, palaeontology and biostratigraphy.

    We are working to make biodiversity information available online for everyone worldwide. We also publish a body of internationally agreed rules for scientific names of animals in our Code, and arbitrate disputes through the work of a volunteer Commission of experts in nomenclature.

  • Aims

    International Trust For Zoological Nomenclature aims to:

    • To provide a free, online authoritative source for names of animals. This project is called ZooBank and is linked with parallel initiatives in plants, fungi and microbes.
    • To arbitrate in disputes on breaches of the rules in the ICZN Code. We do this with a Commission of experts from around the world who represent a range of taxonomic and informatics skills.
    • To provide an internationally agreed Code of rules for scientific names of animals. We have done this since 1895, and are one of very few examples of fully worldwide agreement on a set of rules!
  • Overview

    Established: January 1895

    Registered Charity Number: 211944

    Board members: 28

    Full time staff: 1

    Part time staff: 4

    Volunteers: 1

    Phone number: 0207-942-5653

    Address: The Natural History Museum Cromwell Road London SW7 5BD

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