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Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera

Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera
IRMNG logo.png
Formation2006 (2006)
HeadquartersOstend, Belgium
Manager & curator
Tony Rees
Main organ
Parent organization
Flanders Marine Institute

The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG) is a taxonomic database containing the scientific names of the genus, species, and higher ranks of many plants, animals and other kingdoms, both living and extinct, within a standardized taxonomic hierarchy, with associated machine-readable information on habitat (e.g. marine/nonmarine) and extant/fossil status for the majority of entries. The database aspires to provide complete coverage of accepted genus names across all kingdoms, with a subset only of species names included as a lower priority. As of December 2018, the number of names at all ranks reported by IRMNG to be included in the database was 2,299,581, of which 361,728 were listed as accepted genera,[1] with a further 127,357 unaccepted genus names as at March 2018.[2] The data originate from a range of (frequently domain-specific) print, online and database sources, and are reorganised into a common data structure to support a variety of online queries, generation of individual taxon pages, and bulk data supply to other biodiversity informatics projects. IRMNG content can be queried and displayed freely via the web, and download files of the data down to the taxonomic rank of genus as at specific dates are available in the Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) format.[3]

The data include homonyms (with their authorities), including both available (validly published) and selected unavailable names.[4]

IRMNG was initiated in 2006 by the Ocean Biogeographic Information System (OBIS) Australia at CSIRO Marine and Atmospheric Research, and since has been hosted by the Flanders Marine Institute (VLIZ) since 2016.[1][5] VLIZ also hosts the World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS), using a common infrastructure.[6]

Content from IRMNG is used by several global Biodiversity Informatics projects including Open Tree of Life,[7] the Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF), [8] and the Encyclopedia of Life (EOL),[9] in addition to others including the Atlas of Living Australia[10] and the Global Names Architecture (GNA)'s Global Names Resolver.[11] From 2018 onwards, IRMNG data are also being used to populate the taxonomic hierarchy and provide generic names for a range of taxa in the areas of protists (kingdoms Protozoa and Chromista) and plant algae (Charophyta, Chlorophyta, Glaucophyta and Rhodophyta) in the Catalogue of Life.[12]

IRMNG was initiated and designed by Tony Rees.[1][13] For his work on this and other projects, GBIF awarded him the 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize.[13] The citation said, in part:[13]

IRMNG in particular has been a tool of enormous importance to GBIF and others in supplying much of the detail for a global taxonomic classification of all life and as high-value taxon trait data in a form which can readily be reused in data validation and to enhance species pages.

IRMNG is now managed and curated by Rees, with assistance from the VLIZ team.[1]


  1. ^ a b c d "IRMNG". IRMNG. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  2. ^ Count from the March 2018 IRMNG data download, where taxonomic status is not "accepted" i.e. "alternate representation", "interim unpublished", "nomen dubium", "nomen nudum", "taxon inquirendum" as well as "unaccepted".
  3. ^ "IRMNG: Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera: IRMNG export in Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A)". IRMNG. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  4. ^ "IRMNG: Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera". IRMNG. Retrieved 2018-12-10.
  5. ^ "The Interim Register for Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG) will move from CSIRO to VLIZ". Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera (IRMNG)". Lifewatch regional portal. LifeWatch. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  7. ^ Open Tree of Life developers. "Taxonomy release ott3.0 -". Open Tree of Life. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  8. ^ "The Interim Register of Marine and Nonmarine Genera". GBIF. 2018. doi:10.15468/6tkudz. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  9. ^ "IRMNG". Encyclopedia of Life. Archived from the original on 1 April 2018.
  10. ^ "AtlasOfLivingAustralia/ala-name-matching". Atlas of Living Australia. Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  11. ^ "Global Names Resolver: Names Data Sources". Retrieved 18 December 2018.
  12. ^ "IRMNG". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 10 December 2018.
  13. ^ a b c "CSIRO's Tony Rees named 2014 Ebbe Nielsen Prize winner". GBIF. Retrieved 10 December 2018.

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