Why choose Scratchpads?

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Whether you want to prepare a paper with colleagues, build a bibliographic database or create a reference collection of images and observations, Scratchpads can help.

Case studies

Sampled Red List Index for Plants

SRLI for Plants collects vital information on plant species, including habitat, population and threats, which are used to determine risk of extinction. This is part of an ongoing monitoring effort to help understand the status and trends of plant species over time.

African ichthyology portal

Africhthy is a web portal for African ichthyology created to make available species data & literature as well as to promote efficient networking and collaboration among professionals, students and hobbyists.

The Slipper Orchid Scratchpad

This site provides valuable information about the Cypripediodeae sub-family of the Orchidaceae family
The most prominent feature of slipper orchids is the pouched or ‘slipper shaped’ lip, which forms a trap for visiting insects that effect pollination as they make their escape.


Antkey is a community resource for the identification of invasive, introduced and commonly intercepted ant species from across the globe

Checklist of the Western Palaearctic Bees

Bees are the most important pollinators providing essential pollination service for natural and agricultural ecosystems. Of the about 20,000 described bee species worldwide more than 3,300 occur in the western Palaearctic biogeographic region and this website aims to provide regularly updated information about their taxonomy and distribution.

Scratchpads around the world

578 Scratchpads by 6,791 active users covering 165,957 taxa in 885,933 pages.

Scratchpads ambassadors are located in 16 countries: