Checklist of CITES Species

The Checklist of CITES Species provides the official list of CITES-listed species (scientific names) and their associated scientific synonyms; common names in English, French and Spanish (where available) and the CITES Appendix in which they are currently listed. Information on historical Appendix listings, reservations and level of listing (e.g. if a whole family or order is listed) is also available through this website.

Users can search for and view CITES listing information for CITES-listed species online. The scientific name, higher taxonomy, scientific synonyms, common names, distribution, current listing and history of listings (in the form of timelines) are all visible through the web display. Filters applied to the search and the Advanced options (see below) also affect the data displayed online.

Two distinct outputs are available for download through this website:

1. Index of CITES species: an alphabetical list of all animal and plant taxa currently included in the CITES Appendices; and

2. History of CITES listings: a historical record of all CITES listings since 1975, including all reservations and annotations ever made.

Both outputs are available in three different formats: PDF, csv (for use in Excel) and JSON format (for use by web developers).

Users also have the flexibility to produce tailored versions of the Index depending on their needs. Most notably, users can filter by name (including higher taxa), CITES Appendix and country/territory/region of occurrence. These filters are applied to the data displayed on the website, as well as the data downloaded, allowing users to view and download tailored subsets of data.

The Checklist of CITES Species is dynamically linked to Species+. Prior to the development of this database-driven Checklist, a static PDF Checklist was produced by UNEP-WCMC following each meeting of the Conference of the Parties to CITES. The 2011 Checklist of CITES Species can be accessed here.

The CITES Checklist was developed by UNEP-WCMC on behalf of the CITES Secretariat. Financial support to maintain this database has come from a range of sources, on a project or longer-term basis. Current funders, supporting portions of the maintenance of the underlying data include: WCMC (UK), the European Union and the CITES Secretariat.