specimens barcoded:  19243
species barcoded:  2779
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Vision and Background
     DNA barcoding DNA barcoding is based on the observation that a short, standardized segment of the genome can enable species identification and discovery. There is now clear evidence that a 648-bp segment positioned near the 5’ terminus of the mitochondrial cytochrome c oxidase subunit I (COI) gene is very effective in discriminating members of the animal kingdom.

     Trichoptera and challenges Among all freshwater macroinvertebrates, trichopterans deserve high priority for developing a barcode reference library because of their great diversity and abundance. As a result, an international team coordinated by researchers at the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (CCDB) have launched a campaign to barcode all caddisfly species of the world. This substantial task can only be completed through a broad collaboration involving trichopterologists, freshwater ecologists, and biomonitoring specialists. All collaborators will benefit from the results of this project - barcode sequences will advance our understanding of trichopteran biology by discovering cryptic species, by revealing cases of oversplitting, by aiding the description of new species, by associating life stages, by tracing dispersion histories, and by creating an easy system for the identification of any life stage of any species.

     Campaign and website This campaign website has been established to provide details on the goals of the Trichoptera Barcode of Life, and to monitor progress. This website will serve as a central hub for campaign participants, providing instructions, protocols, news updates, and much more.

As part of the “Trichoptera Barcode of Life” campaign, this website serves as a communication platform for trichopterologists, researchers of other domains, amateurs, and all people who are fascinated by these amazing aquatic creatures. Through this website, one is able to oversee the progress of the barcoding projects and benefit from the reference barcodes that have been deposited in the BOLD systems.