Increasing evidence suggests that lysophosphatidylinositols (LPIs), a subspecies of lysophospholipids, are important endogenous mediators. Although LPIs long remained among the less studied lysophospholipids, the identification of GPR55 as their molecular target sparked a renewed interest in the study of these bioactive lipids. Furthermore, increasing evidence points towards a role for LPIs in cancer development. However, a better understanding of the role and functions of LPIs in physiology and disease requires methods that allow for the quantification of LPI levels in cells and tissues. Because dedicated efficient methods for quantifying LPIs were missing, we decided to develop and validate an HPLC-ESI-MS method for the quantification of LPI species from tissues. LPIs are extracted from tissues by liquid/liquid extraction, pre-purified by solid-phase extraction, and finally analyzed by HPLC-ESI-MS. We determined the method's specificity and selectivity, we established calibration curves, determined the carry over (< 2%), LOD and LLOQ (between 0.116-7.82 and 4.62-92.5pmol on column, respectively), linearity (0.988<R(2)<0.997), repeatability (CV<20%), accuracy (> 80%), intermediate precision (CV<20%) as well as the recovery from tissues. We then applied the method to determine the relative abundance of the LPI species in 15 different mouse tissues. Finally, we quantified the absolute LPI levels in six different mouse tissues. We found that while 18:0 LPI represents more than 60% of all the LPI species in the periphery (e.g. liver, gastrointestinal tract, lungs, spleen) it is much less abundant in the central nervous system where the levels of 20:4 LPI are significantly higher. Thus this validated HPLC-ESI-MS method for quantifying LPIs represents a powerful tool that will facilitate the comprehension of the pathophysiological roles of LPIs.