This site aims ultimately to provide an extensive guide to Radiolarian taxonomy. It will consist of two parts - a catalog of all described species and a parallel database with detailed information on accepted taxa.
Development of the site is being lead by David Lazarus (Museum für Naturkunde, Berlin). Data on the site is ultimately derived from the literature and so from the works of generations of plankton biologists and micropalaeontologists, from Ehrenberg to the present day. More recently this taxonomic data has been compiled and synthesised in several very large databasing projects, as outlined below. Here we are combining data and images on Cenozoic and living radiolaria from these systems and presenting it using a web content management system - mikrotax. The Mikrotax system was developed by Jeremy Young (University College London) who is assisting with data migration and database customisation. Data sources:
We believe that by synthesising data from these sources we will be able to build a single, universally accessible, database with a very large amount of useful reference data on radiolarian taxonomy. This will also provide a platform to incorporate modern images and document current species concepts. This has already been achieved for coccolithophores and planktonic foraminifera, reaching a similar level of coverage for radiolaria will be long-term project but will be achievable especially if a range of workers contribute to the project. Our current aim is to integrate a large body of content into a prototype website in time for the 2020 InterRad conference in Slovenia.