Browsing taxonomic trends using an Excel workbook. Users can browse through various taxonomic trends organized by years using an Excel spreadsheet. Briefly, the functionality enable the: (1) Searching of a Linnaean taxonomy down to Families; (2) Searching of common names for selected taxonomic group; (3) Browsing and selection of a Linnean taxonomic group; (4) Browsing and selection of a common name. For the selected taxonomic group, the tool presents descriptive statistics (5); A trend line graph (6); and the number of pre- and post- year descriptions relative to a selected year (7). Only the top half of the Figure is shown; for the full image see Additional file 3.