Notice: BOLD version 4 is now available in beta at The beta version has a range of new capabilities and much higher performance but will have some software bugs.

Barcodes: 5,326,318
Per Site:
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Public Data Portal:

A data retrieval interface that allows for searching over 1.7M public records in BOLD using multiple search criteria including, but not limited to, geography, taxonomy, and depository.

Barcode Index Numbers:

A searchable database of Barcode Index Numbers (BINs), sequence clusters that closely approximate species.

DNA Barcode Education Portal:

A custom platform for educators and students to explore barcode data and contribute novel barcodes to the BOLD database.


An integrated data collection and analysis environment that securely supports the assembly and validation of DNA barcodes and ancillary sequences.

The Barcode of Life Data Systems is designed to support the generation and application of DNA barcode data. The platform consists of four main modules: a data portal, a database of barcode clusters, an educational portal, and a data collection workbench.

Sequence statistics


Species coverage (formally described)

Barcode clusters for animals (BINs) 495,239   Animals 176,083
All Sequences 6,159,133   Plants 65,608
Barcode Sequences 5,326,318   Fungi & Other Life 20,841

iBOL MRI Canada Foundation for Innovation NSERC