Below there is a list of all sorts of online data repositories, many of which contain tardigrade data. If you know of any of such services that are not listed here, please let us know and we'll add them to the list.




Barcoding of Life (BOLD)

The Barcode of Life Database is designed to support the generation and application of DNA Barcode data. The platform consists of three main modules, a data portal, a database of barcode clusters, and data collection workbench. The Public Data Portal provides access to all public barcode data which consists of data generated using the Workbench module as well as data mined from other sources. The Barcode Index Number (BIN) system assigns a unique identifier to each sequence cluster of COI, providing an interim taxonomic system for species in the animal kingdom. The workbench module integrates secure databases with analytical tools to provide a private collaborative environment for researchers to collect, analyze, and publish barcode data and ancillary DNA sequences. This platform also provides an annotation framework that supports tagging and commenting on records and their components (i.e. taxonomy, images, and sequences), allowing for community-based validation of barcode data.

Catalogue of Life (COL)

The Catalogue of Life is a quality-assured checklist of more than 1.3 million species of plants, animals, fungi and micro-organisms, about 70% of all those known to science. An uncomplicated structure, and both minimal and standardised dataset provide a sound baseline of species information for all biologists. The Catalogue of Life is unique in its breadth of coverage of organisms, the degree of validation in the knowledge set, and its wide global take-up.


Dryad is a non-profit organization and an international repository of data underlying scientific and medical publications. The scientific, educational, and charitable mission of Dryad is to promote the availability of data underlying findings in the scientific literature for research and educational reuse. The vision of Dryad is a scholarly communication system in which learned societies, publishers, institutions of research and education, funding bodies and other stakeholders collaboratively sustain and promote the preservation and reuse of data underlying the scholarly literature.

Encyclopaedia of Life (EOL)

EOL is a free online resource bringing together information about all life on Earth in text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more.

Fauna Europaea

The Fauna Europaea project has been funded by the European Commission for a period of four years (1 March 2000 - 1 March 2004) within the Fifth Framework Programme (5FP). Fauna Europaea has assembled a database of the scientific names and distribution of all living multicellular European land and fresh-water animals.


GenBank is the NIH genetic sequence database, an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences. The GenBank database is designed to provide and encourage access within the scientific community to the most up to date and comprehensive DNA sequence information.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

The Global Biodiversity Information Facility was established by governments in 2001 to encourage free and open access to biodiversity data, via the Internet. Through a global network of countries and organizations, GBIF promotes and facilitates the mobilization, access, discovery and use of information about the occurrence of organisms over time and across the planet.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Integrated Taxonomic Information System contains authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


Biological Imaging is a continuously growing database of images that scientists use for international collaboration, research and education. Images deposited in Morphbank document a wide variety of research including: specimen-based research in comparative anatomy, morphological phylogenetics, taxonomy and related fields focused on increasing our knowledge about biodiversity. The project receives its main funding from the Biological Databases and Informatics program of the National Science Foundation.

Tardigrade Barcoding Project

The Tardigrade Barcoding Database is the prime access point for DNA signature sequences together with information on conventional morphological taxonomic characters of tardigrades.



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