Biodiversity Links and General Resoursces

Biodiversity> Links> Animal Studies

For more specific animal resources see Biodiversity : Animal Studies. Many Biodiversity Organizations list specific online resources.

Tree of Life Web Project
"...produced by biologists from around the world. On more than 2000 World Wide Web pages, the Tree of Life provides information about the diversity of organisms on Earth, their history, and characteristics."

Animal Diversity Web
"The University of Michigan Museum of Zoology provides the searchable Animal Diversity Web database, with species accounts (images and text) of some of the world's mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, sharks, bony fishes, mollusks, arthropods and echinoderms. The database is searchable by common or scientific name."

Discover Life
"Our first mission is to complete a comprehensive study of all living things in Great Smoky Mountains National Park...This website is a portal to information about all living things. It disseminates photographs and knowledge on the identification, natural history, ecology, and taxonomy of species (click on snail above), provides training and research guidance (click on people below), and helps coordinate the activities of the ATBI and other biodiversity studies (click on trees & flowers below)."

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)
"The purpose of establishing GBIF is to design, implement, co-ordinate, and promote the compilation, linking, standardisation, digitisation and global dissemination of the worldís biodiversity data, within an appropriate framework for property rights and due attribution."

Invasive Species
The Nation's [U.S.] Invasive Species Information System
"...a comprehensive, online information system that facilitates access to and exchange of invasive species data and resources by researchers, scientists, land and resource managers, public and private sector agencies, and concerned citizens. Developed in accordance with Executive Order 13112 on Invasive Species, the site is guided by the Invasive Species Council."

NatureServe Explorer
An Online Encyclopedia of Life
"...a source for authoritative conservation information on more than 50,000 plants, animals, and ecological communities of the United States and Canada. NatureServe provides in-depth information on rare and endangered species, but includes common plants and animals too. NatureServe is a product of the Association for Biodiversity Information in collaboration with the Natural Heritage Network."

University of Washington Burke Museum Mammalogy Section
Focus on the mammals of Washington state.
"where you can explore the biodiversity of our Washington mammals. All species in the state are found below on our checklist, and you can click on each name for an account of its natural history, geographic distribution, and further information...Our mammal fauna is comprised of 148 species that belong to nine of the world's 26 orders of mammals. Of the 148 species, nine have been introduced, leaving 139 natives Thirty-two of the species are marine mammals, and we have 16 species of flying mammals, the bats. This leaves 91 species of land mammals."

World Conservation Monitoring Centre
"...Centre provides information services on conservation and sustainable use of the world's living resources, and helps others to develop information systems of their own."

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