Gaps of knowledge of flora and fungi of Brazil 

The goal of this system is to facilitate the identification of taxonomic and geographic information gaps of plants and fungi of Brazil. The system displays the status of online data for all valid species in the List of Species of the Brazilian Flora, including those without any record. The system also compares the Brazilian states where specialists indicate that the species occurs with the states that have occurrence points in Brazil's Virtual Herbarium, highlighting the gaps.

Data Sources

  • Virtual Herbarium of Plants and Fungi/speciesLink network of October 15, 2014
  • List of Species of the Brazilian Flora of October 17, 2014
  • Ministry of the Environment's list of endangered species, September, 2008
  • Revision of Brazil's List of Endangered Species, Biodiversitas, 2005
  • Biogeography of Flora and Fungi of Brazil (dynamic access)

Search Filters

  • Taxonomic filters select the taxonomic group, family, genus, or species to be analyzed, allowing the inclusion of synonyms, and phonetic searches
  • Geographic searches that allow assessing the geographic coordinate
  • Species included in Annexes I and II of Brazil's endangered species list with pre-selected filters

Structure of the Report

By the selected taxonomic group, family or genus

  • The number of species separated into four groups: (i) those without records in the Virtual herbarium; (II) with 1-5 records; (III) with 6-20 records; and, (IV) with more than 20 records. This classification aims at showing the potential for modeling the species distribution (exploratory, preliminary of consistent models)
  • The number of species reported as occurring in a given state (List of Species of the Brazilian Flora), but which have no record in the speciesLink network.

By species

  • Hierarchical classification according to the List of Species of the Brazilian Flora
  • Conservation Status (Annex I or II MMA and Biodiversitas)
  • Table comparing the geographic distribution by state of the List of Species of the Brazilian Flora with the speciesLink network
  • Maps of species distribution: List of Species of the Brazilian Flora, speciesLink network, and potential distribution model
  • Status and origin of data online: biological collection, year of collection, name status and geographic information

Expected usage

  • Guide the work of new collections, priority species and geographic areas
  • Assist in prioritizing digitization and georeferencing
  • Assist in the identification of understudied groups, indicating the need for training of taxonomists
  • Assist in the evaluation of the conservation status of species


SISBIOTA/CNPq, INCT - Virtual Herbarium of Flora and Fungi

How to cite

Gaps in Knowledge of Flora and Fungi of Brazil. INCT - Virtual Herbarium of Flora and Fungi. Available at: http://lacunas.inct.florabrasil.net (consulted on day / month / year).


Canhos DAL, Sousa MS-Baena, S. Souza, LC Garcia, R. De Giovanni, Maia LC, & Bonacelli MBM 2014. Lacunas: a web interface to identify plant knowledge gaps to support informed decision-making. Biodiversity and Conservation, 23 (1), 109-131.