Brazil is one of the world's most biodiverse countries with 49,993 plants and 119,640 animal species catalogued (Brazilian Flora 2020 and Taxonomic Catalog of the Brazilian Fauna). As a consequence, a greater rate of animal records would be expected in the Brazilian Biodiversity Information System (SiBBr) considering the larger number of animal species. However, the majority of data published are plants, representing 51 per cent among current species occurrence records in GBIF whereas animals only count for 47 per cent.
In Brazil, herbarium networks have traditionally been organized more effectively than zoological collections mostly because these collections are more complex in terms of taxonomic diversity, data management and curation. Nevertheless, in Brazil there is a strong community of taxonomists and the research on Neotropical zoology is recognized as one of the most prolific in the world. This fact is reflected directly in the diversity and quality of collections groups, including those considered rare.
In order to improve representation of animal occurrence records in GBIF, this project aims to strengthen Brazilian zoological collections, providing common guidelines and enhancing capacity in data management, thus increasing publishing of animal data and records available for data use.
This project is aligned with GBIF Work Program priorities 1b, 1d, 1e, 2b, 2c, 3a, and 4b.