148,071 species and infraspecific names are in the database, 20,224 images, 56,752 bibliographic items, 359,966 distributional records.

Funding and contributors

This project was initially funded by the Irish Higher Education Authority's Programme for Research in Third-level Institutions, Cycles 2, 3 and 4 from 2000-2005, and from 2007-2010. Since then, the database has been funded mostly from private funds. The Ryan Institute and the National University of Ireland, Galway and the Galway University Foundation have also contributed extensively with funding, facilities and communications.

We are particularly grateful to the numerous people who have helped us in this endeavour or contacted us with moral support, pictures, information, comments and suggestions including:

Dr A. Athanasiadis (Sweden, Greece) , Dr R. Andersen (USA), Dr R.A. Anderson (South Africa), Prof. D.L. Ballantine (Puerto Rico), Dr I. Bárbara (Spain), Dr R. Barrone (Italy), Prof. J.J. Bolton (South Africa), Dr J. Brodie (UK), Mr F. Bunker (UK), Mr K. Bruun (USA), Dr R. Cowan (Australia), Dr A.T. Critchley (Canada), Mr C. Carter (UK), Mr W. da Silva, Dr D.A. Davydov (Ukraine), Dr B. De Reviers (France), Prof. T.J. Entwisle, Dr R. Froese (Germany), Prof. G. Furnari (Italy), Dr P.W. Gabrielson (USA), Prof. D.J. Garbary (Canada), Dr S. Heesch (France), Dr J.M. Huisman (Australia), Mrs L.M. Irvine (UK), Prof. D.M. John (UK), Dr D.A. Kapustin, Dr Alex Kenins (Australia), Dr and Mrs G.T. Kraft (Australia), Prof. F. Kuepper (UK), Dr F. Leliaert (Belgium), Dr A. Langangen (Norway), Dr R. Lavigne (Canada), Drs Diane and Mark Littler (USA), Dr K. Mertens (Belgium), Dr R.L. Moe (USA), Mr O. Morton (Northern Ireland), Dr Tatiana Mikhaylova (Russia), Dr T. Nakada (Japan), Prof. S. Naz (Bangladesh), Prof. W. Nelson (New Zealand), Dr E.N. Patova (Russia), Prof. W.F. Prud'homme van Reine (The Netherland), Dr O. Reymond (Switzerland), Dr R. Searles (USA), Dr C.W. Schneider (USA), Dr F. Rindi (Italy), Prof. G.W. Saunders (Canada), Dr A. Scharfetter (Austria), Dr E. Serrão (Portugal), Dr S. Shalygin (Russia), Dr F.A.S. Sterrenburg (The Netherlands), Prof. T.E. Smith (USA), Dr A.-M.Suárez (Cuba), Prof. J.A. West (Australia), Dr T.B. Widdowson (Canada), Prof. Wm. J. Woelkerling (Australia), Dr K. Wołowski (Poland), Dr M.J. Wynne (USA), and Dr A. Zingone (Italy).

Large numbers of quality images were provided by Dr Rob Anderson (South Africa), Prof. Ignacio Bárbara (Spain), Dr Karl Bruun (Washington State, USA), Chris Carter (UK), Dr John Huisman (Australia), Drs Diane and Mark Littler (Washington, DC, USA), Mr Hideo Ohba (Japan), Dr Sergei Shalygin (Russia), and Mr Wendell Wood (California, USA).

Genus descriptions and information on individual genera were provided by:

Dr M.C. Amspoker, Dr I. Bartsch, Dr C. Billard, Prof. J.J. Bolton, Dr B. Booth, Dr M. Buchheim, Prof. R.L. Chapman, Prof. M. Chihara, Prof. M.N. Clayton, Dr A. Comas, Prof. P. Compère, Prof. E. Coppejans, Prof. A. Couté, Dr D.B. Czarnecki, Åsa Dalsätt, Dr T.R. Deason, Dr G.E. Dillard, Dr S.C. Ducker (deceased), Dr M. Elbrächter, Prof. T.J. Entwisle, Dr E. Firpo, Dr V. Fletchner, Dr I.M. Franceschini, Prof. T. Friedl, Prof. D.J. Garbary, Dr J.F. Gerrath, Dr L.E. Graham, Prof. P. Hargraves, Dr T. Harper, Dr M.W. Hawkes, Prof. E. Hegewald, Dr E.C. Henry, Dr D.R.A. Hill, Dr L. Hillis, Dr F. Hindák, Dr L.R. Hoffman, Dr R.W. Hoshaw, Dr J.M. Huisman, Dr I. Izaguirre, Dr H.W. Joahnsen, Dr J.R. Johansen, Dr S. Jónsson, Dr T. Kalina, Prof. H. Kawai, Dr A. Kenins, Prof. R.J. King, Prof. J. Komárek, Dr G.T. Kraft, Dr J. Kristiansen, Dr P. Kugrens (deceased), M. Robert Lavigne, Dr G.F. Leedale, Dr C. Cardinal-Legrand, Dr J.A. Lewis, Dr T. Leya, Dr L.B. Liddle, Dr S.C. Lindstrom, Dr G.M. Lokhorst, Dr R.M. McCourt, Dr R.L. Moe, Prof. Ø. Moestrup, Dr R. Nielsen, Dr R.E. Norris, Dr H. Nozaki, Prof. J.L. Olsen, Dr P.M. Pedersen, Dr A.F. Peters, Dr J.A. Philips, Dr H. Pizarro, Prof. H.R. Preisig, Dr C.M. Pueschel, Dr M. Puncochárová Dr K. Renzaglia, Dr O.L. Reymond, Dr C. Sancetta, Prof. B. Santelices, Dr C.W. Schneider, Dr R.B. Searles, Dr R.G. Sheath, Dr P.C. Silva, Dr G.R. South, Dr H. Stegenga, Dr M.J. Sullivan, Dr C. Tanner, Dr G. Tell, Dr Y. Thérézien, Dr J. Throndsen, Dr T.B. Widdowson, Prof. Wm. J. Woelkerling, and Dr E.M. Wollaston.

Genus descriptions for the Chrysophyta were published in J. Kristiansen & H. R. Preisig (eds.): Encyclopedia of Chrysophyte Genera. - Bibliotheca Phycologica 110: 1-260. 2001.

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