Broadcast “Heimatflimmern”

28.10.2021: The documentary about the Museum Koenig in Bonn was broadcasted on WDR at prime time. Also the work within GBOL III: Dark Taxa was shown. Available in the media library:

First ‘Verbundbericht’ for GBOL III : Dark Taxa completed

In the last days of April we completed the first ‘Verbundbericht’ for the GBOL III: Dark Taxa project. The ‘Verbundbericht’ reports the success and progress of the partners in the first six months of the project. It can be downloaded here (in german language): Download Verbundbericht.

Cover of the Verbundbericht for GBOL III 2020

Reporting about GBOL III: Dark Taxa

29.04.2021: Away from daily routine: a TV crew filming a documentary about the Museum Koenig joined our field trip and will also be reporting about GBOL III: Dark Taxa. We will keep you posted about the broadcast date.

Reporting about über Dark Taxa

23.04.2021: What are Dark Taxa? And why is it so important to learn more about them. Here is a nice article (in German) with an image gallery that tells you more about Dark Taxa (and about our project GBOL III: Dark Taxa). Link:

Reporting about GBOL III: Dark Taxa

13.03.2021: Why we are still discovering new species? And what is the difference between discovering and describing new species? Prof. Dr. Bernhard Misof, director at the Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig, & Dr. Ralph S. Peters, project leader of GBOL III: DarkTaxa, among others are acting as interlocutors in this episode of Funkkolleg “Mensch und Tier” (in German). Link:

Pipeline for Publications

03.02.2021: Publication and communication of results is an important part of you project. One publication pipeline is via the GBOL III: Dark Taxa dynamic article collection of Biodiversity Data Journal:

New Publication

16.12.2020: A popular scientific article (in German) about the tasks and goals of GBOL III: Dark Taxa was published in the Koenigiana, the journal of the Alexander Koenig Society. Link:

New Publication

17.12.2020: A new paper using GBOL data was published: A revision of European species of the genus Tetrastichus (Hymenoptera: Eulophidae) using integrative taxonomy. Link:

Kick-Off Meeting

Let’s do GBOL III: Dark Taxa! Our virtual Kick-Off Meeting for the new phase of GBOL took place on 6th October 2020. You could feel the motivation and enthusiasm throughout the whole day and among all participants to put the Dark Taxa “on the map”. Like the previous phases GBOL III: Dark Taxa is funded by BMBF.

GBOL III: Dark Taxa in the local newspapers

19. August 2020 – GBOL III: Dark Taxa in the local newspapers: We illuminate unknown beings. Why we expect detecting a lot of new species in the middle of Germany and how we will bring light into the darkness. Link:

1 July 2020

The new German Barcode of Life project, GBOL III: Dark Taxa was launched and is funded by a 5.3 million Euro grant from the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF). The project will address a range of questions related to the part of the German fauna that is still largely unknown, and comprises the so-called “Dark Taxa”, in particular Diptera (flies and midges) and parasitoid Hymenoptera (parasitoid wasps). Three major natural history institutions in Bonn (Zoological Research Museum Alexander Koenig), Munich (Bavarian State Collection of Zoology) and Stuttgart (State Museum of Natural History Stuttgart), and the University of Würzburg, will tackle the taxonomy of Germany’s “Dark Taxa” using an integrative taxonomic approach. The Entomological Society Krefeld further joins the consortium.