National Species Lists


The national species lists deal with all species under management or requiring management of the government. The lists provides the information services for searching the correct results, via a search interface, about the taxonomy, scientific names, synonyms, general names of the species that are being indiscriminately used by the institutions, academic communities, and ordinary users.

The lists provide the information services for the institutions, research institutes, companies, and others, which are unable to maintain a strict species list by themselves, to receive the latest species lists through links with the national species lists any time.

The lists enable the government to make the efficient resource management in the integrative way on the national level by providing a sequence number system (KTSN) for the Korean native species that have been managed separately by each institution. The lists provide the basis system for processing the various national procedures under requirements of the biodiversity-related international laws such as the Nagoya Protocol and others in efficient and unified manners.

The national species lists followed the taxonomy of Cavalier-Smith (2004) and the taxonomy of Van Baaren (2007) in a mixed way; and reflected the management system of the National Institute of Biological Resources of the MoE.

Main purposes

  • Preserving and managing the national biodiversity
  • Realizing the sustainable utilization of biological resources
  • Protecting the biological sovereignty of Korea
  • Enhancing the access to the biological resources of Korea and the unity of benefit-sharing records

Expected effects

  • The national species lists shall have the following effects. First, the lists enable the state to perform the national level information management of biodiversity and biological resources for implementation of the Convention on biodiversity.
  • Second, the lists can be a measure for effectively protecting the biological sovereignty of Korea.
  • Third, the efficient integration of the distributed life resource database can increase the efficiency of biological diversity works in the domestic institutions and companies.
  • Fourth, the lists can contribute to the development of the academic disciplines and enhance the effects of education for the public.

Number of Species by Year('13~'18)

Number of Species by Year('13~'18)
Classification Number of species
Year 2013 41,483
2014 42,756
2015 45,295
2016 47,003
2017 49,027
2018 50,827