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Canadian Biodiversity Information Facility (CBIF)

As a Participant in the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), Canada is exploring new ways to improve the organization, exchange, correlation, and availability of primary data on biological species of interest to Canadians. By enhancing access to these data, CBIF provides a valuable resource that supports a wide range of social and economic decisions including efforts to conserve our biodiversity in healthy ecosystems, use our biological resources in sustainable ways, and monitor and control pests and diseases.

CBIF has developed the following tools to help users find the information they need.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System

ITIS is a catalogue of common and scientific names that will eventually include all species found in Canada, the United States and Mexico. The database also contains synonyms.

Search results pages for individual species include the taxonomic hierarchy for the species (genus, order, family, etc.). They also provide links to search engines, automatically searching on the pertinent terms for the species you select.

Species Access Canada

Species Access Canada is the Canadian component of a global project to allow Internet access to information associated with the billions of specimens housed in the world's natural history collections. The Canadian network currently incorporates collections on five servers; many more will be added over the next few years.

Users can search these collections by species name, source collection, collector, or location.

Note: If you have a specimen database you would like added to Species Access Canada, please contact CBIF

Online Mapping

The CBIF team is providing a suite of online GIS applications that can be used to capture point coordinates for Canada, view and clean data point coordinates for Canada and the world and map GBIF occurrence data directly from the GBIF data portal.


Butterflies of Canada is the pilot project in this section of CBIF's web site. Identifying information, photographs, distribution maps, and more are available for all butterflies found in Canada.

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