The Swedish Taxonomy Initiative

A unique project with the purpose to identify and describe all species of animals, plants and fungi in Sweden, prioritizing poorly known species and organism groups.

The Swedish Taxonomy Initiative

Sweden's biodiversity is much richer than previously thought. More than two thousand new species have been discovered since the Swedish Taxonomy Initiative (STI) was established. And there are many more to be found!

In 2002 SLU Swedish Species Information Centre (SSIC) was commissioned by the Swedish Parliament to identify all species of multicellular plants, fungi and animals in the country and to make the information available to scientists, conservationists and the public.

More than half of the Swedish species are more or less poorly known. Almost nothing is known about where they occur, how they live or about their roles in the ecosystems. Several thousands of species remain to be found, many of which are likely to be common.

To explore this poorly known biodiversity we need taxonomic experts, but also skilled amateur biologists and curious members of the public, who can contribute their knowledge about organisms and their distributions.

Published: 30 March 2020 - Page editor: