Inventory Studies of Taiwan Fauna: Fishes and Mollusks

Contact: Chih-feng Wang

The fishes of Taiwan is comprised by 2,487 species in 252 families: about 10% of the world's fish. Taxonomic and distributional data of Taiwanese fish have been integrated into a database that can be accessed interactively over the Internet at The database includes the following items: metadata on the fish and other animals or plants, basic information on species and families, curatorial (specimens) database which integrated 6 museums, distributional databases, a bibliographic database, underwater videos of fish, photo gallery of Taiwan fishes, rare Chinese characters with the ¡§fish radical¡¨, a search system for Chinese fish names of ¡§Latin-Chinese Dictionary of fishes names¡¨, and a new version of errata of ¡§Fishes of Taiwan.¡¨ The result of this project has been made available for public access on the web. The ¡§Fish Database of Taiwan¡¨ can be linked to the global fish database ¡V ¡§FishBase,¡¨ of WorldFish Center, and by using the species names as the primary key, more detailed information about each species can be obtained. This project also established a Chinese mirror site of FishBase ( in Academia Sinica. Such collaboration between local and global database exemplifies local or regional biodiversity databases moving toward international cooperation.

<source: National Digital Archives Program web site>

Applied Metadata Standard:

Species: Species 2000 Standard Data
Specimen: HISPID (Herbarium Information Standards and Protocols for Interchange of Data)

Metadata Elements List

Elements list of species for fish (includes element names, examples and a crosswalk mapping with Species 2000 Standard Data)
Elements list of species for mollusk (includes element names, examples and a crosswalk mapping with Species 2000 Standard Data)

Progress and Result

Species for fish
Species for mollusk


Working documents contain the records when MAAT works on analyzing metadata with the staffs of the thematic group. They include worksheets, controlled vocabulary lists, analysis reports, system requirement specifications, guidelines, meeting reports, and misc

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