The Vermont Life List (VLL) is aimed at being a comprehensive catalogue of all known species of organisms found in Vermont. Like all science, VLL is a work in progress. Many taxonomic groups remain deficient, and users will notice that many species are still missing from the database. Your contributions and feedback are essential to further improve the quality and taxonomic coverage of the VLL database.

The goal of the VLL is to list every distinct species in each taxonomic group from aphids to zooplankton. At present, some groups are complete, while others are lacking experts to help determine the faunal list for Vermont. Each species in the VLL database is listed with an accepted scientific name, a cited reference and its position in the hierarchical classification. Additional common names and synonyms may be provided, but these data are not complete, and for some species none may exist.

For centuries, scientists have labored to discover and describe the diversity of life here in Vermont and beyond, and discoveries are still being made. The VLL database strives to gather and present this work in one place.

The VLL database uses a set of generally accepted references, augmented by recent scientific literature and expert opinion, to establish a standard scientific name for every species and their hierarchical classification. Generally, VLL follows the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) for authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, and fungi of North America. Other sources of information used are listed.