Global Biodiversity Information Facility


The University of Azores hosts the Azores Bioportal a regional E-Infrastructure. The Azorean Biodiversity Portal (ABP) is an e-infrastructure now associated with Portuguese PORBIOTA and LIFEWATCH. The ABP is a key e-infrastructure for the integrated management of biodiversity data of the Azores, providing a large number of specialized services supporting research, policy and education. The 3000 visits per day, the numerous international scientific collaborations, resulting in publications and academic thesis, and the connection with other prestigious databases demonstrate the Portal’s scientific quality as well as its general appeal. Several Natural History Collections are also managed by University of Azores, namely of Algae, Bryophytes, Vascular Plants, Molluscs and Arthropods.The Azorean Biodiversity Portal shares all the information available on the biodiversity of the Azores, one of the five Macaronesian archipelagos (the other being Madeira, Salvage Islands, the Canary Islands and Cape Verde). Macaronesia is recognized as an important part of the Mediterranean hotspot of biodiversity; however, a comprehensive systematic revision of its biodiversity was still lacking at the end of the 20th century. Based in two European INTERREG IIIB projects, an unprecedented collaboration of more than 200 taxonomists and other scientists resulted in accurate and comprehensive lists of terrestrial species in the Canary Islands (Izquierdo et al., 2001, 2004; Moro et al., 2003), Cape Verde (Arechavaleta et al., 2005), the Azores (Borges et al., 2005b, 2010) and Madeira–Selvagens (Borges et al., 2008). This unique collaboration was fundamental for creating the baseline taxonomic information for the ABP, updating the taxonomic information, listing synonyms.

Data input is complex and requires interpretation and validation by experts at two levels: (i) taxonomic validation, where synonyms are traced and accepted species names are updated (see Borges et al., 2005b, 2010), and (ii) occurrence data evaluation, where each record is classified as secure or doubtful according to the reliability of the source and where the precision of the distribution is qualified (1=very precise locations, usually point UTM data; 2=localities not exceeding 25 km2; 3=imprecise localities; and 4=island occurrence [generally old publications]). All records are linked to the year of observation or collection of the species. Each record has a bibliographic reference attached to it, i.e papers, other publications, expert remarks, etc. All data digitization was performed during 5 years (2004–2008) by five specially trained technicians (i.e. 300 hours per person/month) supported by research grants from the EU INTERREG IIIB and the Azorean Government (Director of the Environment).

Taxonomic range

Lichens, bryophytes, vascular plants, molluscs, arthropods, vertebrates and coastal invertebrates of the Azores archipelago (Portugal, North Atlantic)

Number of specimens in the collection

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Metadata last updated on 2018-10-31 13:31:35.0


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