The Global Butterfly Information System

The aim of the GART project is to provide access to general information about butterflies on the basis of a global taxonomic catalogue. In a first step, a global, fully synonymic species register for two families of butterflies, Swallowtails (Papilionidae) and Whites (Pieridae), will be developed based on comprehensive taxonomic databases for these two butterfly groups.
Furthermore, all butterfly type specimens housed in the institutional collections of the cooperating GART partners will be recorded, photographed, and databased. For selected taxa within the Papilionidae and Pieridae, a comprehensive species information system will be developed offering data about distribution, ecology, and morphology of individual species as well as links to other existing data sources.

The GART project is jointly undertaken by partners from eight major German natural history museums, and is co-ordinated by the State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart (SMNS).
The project is intended to provide a distinct contribution to the international 'Global Butterfly Information System' (GloBIS) initiative, jointly undertaken with
The Museo de Historia Natural, Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima;
The Australian National Insect Collection, CSIRO, Canberra;
The National Museum of Natural History, Leiden, The Natural History Museum, London;
and the United States National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The GloBIS / GART team
Christoph L. Häuser, Joachim Holstein, Axel Steiner


For financial assistance and provision of resources we gratefully acknowledge support provided by:

Museum für Naturkunde Berlin (MfN)

Staatliches Museum für Naturkunde Stuttgart (SMNS)

Ministerium für Wissenschaft, Forschung und Kunst Baden-Württemberg(MWK)

Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung(BMBF)

European Network of Biodiversity Information (ENBI, Workpackage 6)

EuroCat / Species2000 europa

For expert advice and helpful information, especially on taxonomic issues, we are indebted to: Rienk de Jong, Gerardo Lamas, Paul A. Opler, Robert K. Robbins, Campbell Smith, Richard Vane-Wright.

For assistance with data entry and editing and for the provision of images we want to thank: Daniel Bartsch, Anja Cieslak (nee Zahm), Ralf Deichsel, Wolfgang Eckweiler, Christoph Esch, Marion Gschweng, Elke Klass, Guy Kuate, Vladimir Lukhtanov, Sandra Mustafa, Birgit Oettinger, Julia Rein, Anja Schindler, Julia Schmalfuß, Stefan Schmidt, Christian Schulze, Annette Stumpf.