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The Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) database contains authoritative species lists for several taxonomic groups and distribution data at the level of faunistic regions. This dataset contains the Glasby, C. " Timm, T., 2016 December 15, World checklist of freshwater Polychaeta species. World Wide Web electronic publication. Available online at http://fada.biodiversity.be/group/show/11. It has been updated based on Glasby, Christopher J., Timm, Tarmo, Muir, Alexander I., Gil, João (2009): Catalogue of non-marine Polychaeta (Annelida) of the World. Zootaxa 2070: 1-52, DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.187085.

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 318 records. 1 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

  • Taxon (core)
  • Distribution 

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 318 records in English (20 KB) - Update frequency: irregular
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How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

An introduction to the Freshwater Animal Diversity Assessment (FADA) project


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GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 8d4f3024-62b4-4b90-bfc4-d12613b5d0ff.  BioFresh publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by Society for the Management of Electronic Biodiversity Data.


Annelida; Polychaeta; Freshwater; Faunistic regions; Authoritative species list; Biological Classification; Biota; Checklist; Inventorythematic


Who created the resource:

T. Timm
Taxonomic editor
A. I. Muir
Taxonomic editor
The Natural History Museum GB
J. Gil
Taxonomic editor
Centre d'Estudis Avancats de Blanes, CSIC ES

Who can answer questions about the resource:

Chris Glasby
Taxonomic editor

Who filled in the metadata:

Aaike De Wever
Database manager
RBINS Vautierstraat 29 1000 Brussels BE +3226274390

Who else was associated with the resource:

Estelle Balian
Hendrik Segers
Christian Lévêque
Koen Martens

Geographic Coverage

Global coverage

Bounding Coordinates South West [-90, -180], North East [90, 180]

Taxonomic Coverage

The FADA-Polychaeta checklist is part of a series of authoritative freshwater species list with accepted, original and synonym scientific names. Note the rank Class Polychaeta is nowadays not commonly used in the literature; rather polychaetes are referred to Phylum Annelida along with sipunculans, echiurans and clitellates.

Class  Polychaeta (bristles worms)

Sampling Methods

No Description available

Quality Control Consistency in higher taxonomy checked during import.

Method step description:

  1. Expert opinion on faunistic distribution.

Bibliographic Citations

  1. Glasby, Christopher J., Timm, Tarmo, Muir, Alexander I., Gil, João (2009): Catalogue of non-marine Polychaeta (Annelida) of the World. Zootaxa 2070: 1-52 doi:10.5281/zenodo.187085

Additional Metadata

Purpose Provide taxonomic checklists specific for freshwater.
Alternative Identifiers http://fada.biodiversity.be/group/show/11