Checklist of Vermont Species

Latest version published by Vermont Center for Ecostudies on Dec 13, 2022 Vermont Center for Ecostudies
Publication date:
13 December 2022
CC-BY-NC 4.0

Download the latest version of this resource data as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A) or the resource metadata as EML or RTF:

Data as a DwC-A file download 31,879 records in English (2 MB) - Update frequency: continually
Metadata as an EML file download in English (9 KB)
Metadata as an RTF file download in English (8 KB)


The aim of the Checklist of Vermont Species (VTspecies) is to provide a comprehensive list of names of organisms, including information on synonymy, that have been recorded in the State of Vermont, United States. Like all science, VTspecies is a work in progress. Many taxonomic groups remain deficient and little studies in the state, and users will notice that many species are still missing from the database. Your contributions and feedback are essential to further improve the quality and taxonomic coverage of VTspecies.

While the highest priority is to provide valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature and explore biodiversity data from the state. Completing a checklist of all species and keeping it up-to-date is a continuous process. New information is continually discovered and added. Often data also come in from contributions of large datasets, such as global or regional species lists. Please contact us with errors, omissions, or questions to help us make this resource as complete as possible.

VTspecies contains animals, plants, and fungi. For each species we provide scientific name(s), authors and year, vernacular name(s), classification hierarchy, citation proving that particular species has occurred in Vermont, and more. Further information of each species can be obtained at the Vermont Atlas of Life (VAL) at

VTspecies uses a set of generally accepted references, augmented by recent scientific literature and expert opinion, to establish a standard scientific name for every species and their hierarchical classification. Generally, VTspecies follows the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS; ) for authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, and fungi of North America, as well as the GBIF backbone taxonomy (

Data Records

The data in this checklist resource has been published as a Darwin Core Archive (DwC-A), which is a standardized format for sharing biodiversity data as a set of one or more data tables. The core data table contains 31,879 records.

2 extension data tables also exist. An extension record supplies extra information about a core record. The number of records in each extension data table is illustrated below.

Taxon (core)

This IPT archives the data and thus serves as the data repository. The data and resource metadata are available for download in the downloads section. The versions table lists other versions of the resource that have been made publicly available and allows tracking changes made to the resource over time.


The table below shows only published versions of the resource that are publicly accessible.

How to cite

Researchers should cite this work as follows:

McFarland K, Sharp N, Loomis J (2022): Checklist of Vermont Species. v1.8. Vermont Center for Ecostudies. Dataset/Checklist.


Researchers should respect the following rights statement:

The publisher and rights holder of this work is Vermont Center for Ecostudies. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial (CC-BY-NC 4.0) License.

GBIF Registration

This resource has been registered with GBIF, and assigned the following GBIF UUID: 0b1735ff-6a66-454b-8686-cae1cbc732a2.  Vermont Center for Ecostudies publishes this resource, and is itself registered in GBIF as a data publisher endorsed by GBIF-US.


Metadata; Inventoryregional; Checklist


Kent McFarland
  • Metadata Provider
  • Author
  • Originator
  • Point Of Contact
Conservation Biologist
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 420
05055 Norwich
Nathaniel Sharp
  • Originator
data technician
Vermont Center for Ecostudies
PO Box 684
05055 Norwich
Jason Loomis
  • Originator
database manager
Vermont Center for Ecostudies

Geographic Coverage

State of Vermont, United States

Bounding Coordinates South West [42.488, -73.916], North East [45.46, -71.016]

Project Data

Title Vermont Atlas of Life
Identifier VAL
Study Area Description State of Vermont, U.S.

The personnel involved in the project:

Kent McFarland

Additional Metadata

Alternative Identifiers 0b1735ff-6a66-454b-8686-cae1cbc732a2