About the NZBOL

Imagine a world where you could know, in minutes, the name of any animal or plant anywhere and at any time. Then imagine you could find out more about it - what are its habits, is it endangered, is it dangerous, should it even be in New Zealand or is it an invader from somewhere else? This is the world that the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) initiative seeks to build.

New Zealand is a signatory to the International Barcode of Life (iBOL) initiative and this website we will provide details of New Zealand's activities as well as links to other related websites.

The New Zealand Barcode of Life (NZBOL) initiative aims to generate DNA Barcodes for all species of animals, plants, and fungi found in New Zealand, the sub-Antarctic Islands and the Ross Dependency.

What is DNA barcoding? 

Since 2003, DNA barcoding has become the largest research program in biodiversity science, one examining all eukaryote kingdoms and spanning many nations.

DNA barcoding uses short strands of mitochondrial DNA to provide species-level identifications using a global database.

Who is contributing to the NZBOL?

Auckland Museum
  • Invertebrates/Insects

Canterbury Museum

  • Varied
Landcare Research
  • Terrestrial insects
Lincoln University
  • Terrestrial and freshwater invertebrates
National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA)
  • Marine fish
  • Marine and freshwater invertebrates
Massey University
  • Birds
  • Invertebrates 
University of Auckland
  • Cetaceans
  • Plants 

University of Canterbury

  • Birds
  • Plants
  • Invertebrates
University of Otago
  • Freshwater fish
  • Birds
University of Waikato
  • Marine, freshwater and terrestrial invertebrates
  • Freshwater fish
Victoria University
  • Birds
  • Marine invertebrates