The National Museum of Natural History and Science (MUHNAC), of the University of Lisbon, Portugal has recently published the Checklist of Bryophytes of Portugal with 704 occurrences in a total of 704 taxa. The data are available on the IPT service of MUHNAC and through the international GBIF portal.
The Checklist of Bryophytes of Portugal includes all the bryoflora of Mainland Portugal and was published in theAtlas and Red Data Book of Threatened Bryophytes of Portugal, by Sérgio C, Garcia CA, Sim-Sim M, Vieira C, Hespanhol H, Stow S., 2013, recently published by the National Museum of Natural History and Science of the University of Lisbon.
The Portuguese bryoflora comprises about 40% of European species and almost 65% of all Iberian bryophytes and these organisms are identified as one of the oldest groups of plants, with great ecological importance, fundamental to the maintenance of the biodiversity of ecosystems. Are also important bioindicators of environmental quality. This publication was developed with support in the knowledge of bryophytes of the country since the first collections in the XIX century until the must recent studies, adopting criteria and categories proposed by IUCN.
The atlas project and preparation of the book was possible by the support of the EDP Biodiversity Fund 2008. The publication of the checklist in GBIF coincides with the publication of another of the Portuguese Flora of Portugal (Mainland, Azores and Madeira), by the ALFA association, which covers the vascular plants flora. These datasets are important for the preparation of authority files for the portuguese biodiversity, which are required for data quality control of datasets published through GBIF.