This imprint supplements the information from the imprint on the iDiv main page ( for the subdomain of the LifeGate project (

iDiv is a central facility of Leipzig University within the meaning of Section 92 (1) of the Act on Academic Freedom in Higher Education in Saxony (“Sächsisches Hochschulfreiheitsgesetz, SächsHSFG”). It is run together with the Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and the Friedrich Schiller University Jena, as well as in cooperation with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research – UFZ.


German Centre for Integrative Biodiversity Research (iDiv) Halle-Jena-Leipzig
Puschstraße 4
04103 Leipzig

Executive Management

The research centre of the German Research Foundation iDiv is represented by the Speaker Board (responsible in terms of media law): Prof Dr Tiffany Knight, Prof Dr Nicole van Dam, Prof Dr Henrique M Pereira, Prof Dr Nico Eisenhauer (representing Prof Dr Christian Wirth).

Liability for contents and links

iDiv shall not be liable for the accuracy of the contents, for editorial and technical errors, for completeness, for omissions, for updating or for any similar aspects of its website. The use of the available information shall be at the user’s own risk. Although we carefully check their contents, we cannot assume any liability for the contents of external links to third-party websites. Such websites and their contents shall be subject to the liability of their owners. This also applies to the links given as image sources in the phylogenetic map. Please inform us of any errors in terms of contents or technology using the special e-mail address for this purpose:

Data protection provisions

iDiv shall protect the privacy of all people using its website. Any personal data provided shall be treated as confidential and not passed on to third parties.

Use of images

The copyright for all images used in the interactive map of the LifeGate project remains with their original authors (as distinguished from image copyrights on iDiv’s main page). For all the images shown in the map, permission was granted by the original authors in the context of the LifeGate project. Image sources are shown in the context menu for each taxon individually. The images may not be used by a third party. For inquiries regarding image usage rights, please contact the original authors as given in the image source.


LifeGate is a project conceived and developed by Martin Freiberg. It has been brought to an interactive online version by Markus Reichert.


Concept; map design; scientific implementation; data acquisition & photo collection:
Martin Freiberg
Interactive version & text editing:
Markus Reichert

Further contributors:

Server administration & technical support:
Dirk Sarpe, Lucien Daenen, Sebastian Eulau, Marcel Gläßer
Graphical support
Gabriele Rada, Stefan Bernhardt


Selected Frameworks:
OpenLayers, phylotree.js, Semantic UI.
Taxon common names:
using data from Wikidata and Wikispecies (data processing: Markus Reichert, Lars Langer)
All images belong to their respective authors. We would like to thank all the contributors!

How to cite

To cite the current version of the project, please use:
Freiberg, M., Reichert, M. (2021).
LifeGate. An interactive phylogenetic map.