About us

Myriatrix is currently under construction.

Myriatrix is a Scratchpads-based Virtual Research Environment proposed to the International Society of Myriapodology. It allows collaborative editing and linking of the taxonomy, literature, and morphological traits of the many-legged terrestrial invertebrate groups Onychophora and Myriapoda (to the inclusion of the extinct, aquatic Euthycarcinoidea). The classification (taxonomic backbone) is based on the Catalogue of Life (CoL) 2015 release. It was created by populating the taxonomic vocabulary "Myriatrix" through the Scratchpads internal classification service, run repeatedly until the parent taxa (Onychophora, Chilopoda, Diplopoda, Symphyla, Pauropoda) and their children were imported. The Euthycarcinoidea classification was not imported from CoL but built anew.

The current classification has already branched and it differs from other available databases. Overall taxonomic recording is by no means complete, especially for Chilopoda (with substantial gaps between 2006 and 2019), and Diplopoda, Symphyla, and Pauropoda (with substantial gaps between 2015 and 2019). The classification of extant Onychophora is deemed complete and up to date, at least regarding valid taxa. The classification of Euthycarcinoidea is deemed complete and up to date. Taxa published in 2020 are deemed complete. Recording of taxa published in 2021 is ongoing.

The literature database contains 1000+ references, spanning from 1535 to present.

How to cite:
The Fellegship of the Rings (2020 onwards): Myriatrix. Available from: http://myriatrix.myspecies.info

Roskov Y., Abucay L., Orrell T., Nicolson D., Kunze T., Culham A., Bailly N., Kirk P., Bourgoin T., DeWalt R.E., Decock W., De Wever A., eds. (2015). Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life, 15th February 2015. Digital resource at www.catalogueoflife.org/col. Species 2000: Naturalis, Leiden, the Netherlands.

Scratchpads developed and conceived by (alphabetical): Ed Baker, Katherine Bouton Alice Heaton Dimitris Koureas, Laurence Livermore, Dave Roberts, Simon Rycroft, Ben Scott, Vince Smith