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Zoology & Natural History: Taxonomy

Taxonomy Selected Resources

Amphibian Species of the World.From the American Museum of Natural History.

The Arbor Day Foundation - Tree Taxonomy guide

FishBase - Names, pictures, references, glossary

Index Animalium
by Charles Davies Sherborn. animal names 1758-1850. First part published 1902, with animal genus and species name listings beginning with published literature from 1758 and including both fossil and living animals. Second part, 8 volumes, published 1922 and covers the literature of named animals from 1801 to 1850. HathiTrust:

International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN).
The code, 4th edition, is the set of rules for naming and registering names of organisms, as adopted by the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature and passed by the International Union of Biological Sciences. The content of the latest edition supercedes previous editions. Text in  English and French. Includes a code of ethics and glossary. LSF QL353 I5 1999

Nomenclator Animalium Generum et Subgenerum
by FE Schulze and W Kukenthal. A work with lengthy bibliography at the start. Published 1926-1956, in Berlin. Use in consultation with other sources. CSSSI QL354 N6 (LC) Oversize 5 volumes

The Reptile Database -
Taxonomic data on 10,000+ living species of lizards, snakes, tuataras, crocodiles, amphibians, and turtles.

The Taxonomy Database, NCBI.
Curated classification and nomenclature for all of the organisms in the public sequence databases. This currently represents about 10% of the described species of life on the planet.

Tree of Life:
Taxon pages in development, most contain images, references, and taxonomic information. 

database of trees derived from phylogenetic analysis. Search by taxon, author, citation, and more. Results include bibliographic information and phylogenetic trees pulled from the studies.

The Official Register of the International Commission on Zoological Nomenclature

Zoological Record Taxonomic Hierarchy:
Taxonomic data and references for species descriptions: animal, plant, and virus taxa found in  Web of Sci, BIOSIS and Zoological Record.

print and online journal of systematic zoology, designed to help systematic zoologists to document and analyze world’s zoological diversity, which includes many undescribed species now threatened by the rapid loss of habitats.

Biodiversity Tools

Animal Diversity Web:
species accounts and taxonomic data for a wide array of animal species. Higher taxa have overview entries. Maintained by University of Michigan’s Museum of Zoology

Consortium of California Herbaria:
locate specimens housed in herbaria throughout the state. Specimen records are linked, where applicable, to species accounts, California range maps, and other resources.

Encyclopedia of Life:
an online reference source and database for 1.8 million species named and known on this planet. Species accounts include images, taxonomic data, life history, distribution, ecology, and references.

ePIC, Electronic Plant Information Centre (Kew):
search Kew Royal Botanical Gardens’ checklists, databases, bibliographies, and publications. Particularly useful for taxonomic queries: search the International Plant Names Index and checklists.

Global Biodiversity Information Facility:
portal to biodiversity datasets. Data accessed by species, country, or dataset. 

Hawaii Biological Survey:
Includes checklists of fauna and flora, catalogs of museum specimens, and technical reports of the Bishop Museum.

Index to Organism Names.
OIN contains the organism names related data gathered from the scientific literature for Thomson Reuters' Zoological Record® database. Viruses, bacteria and plant names will be added from other Thomson Reuters databases such as BIOSIS Previews®.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System:
“authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world” 

Mammal Species of the World:
mammalian taxonomy based on Wilson & Reeder's Mammal Species of the World. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. 3rd ed. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005.

Mammalian Species:
Taxonomic information about mammals, numbers 1-761 of the American Society of Mammalogists’ Mammalian Species accounts.

NatureServe Explorer:
information on 65,000+ plants, animals, and ecosystems of the United States and Canada. 

Nomenclator Zoologicus:
names and bibliographic origins of the genera and subgenera in zoology from the tenth edition of Linnaeus 1758 to the end of 2004.

People, Biodiversity and Ecology: access to publications from UNESCO programs on international biodiversity issues. 

Regional Species Lists, Molluscs: by the Conchological Society of America, directory of regional checklists and species accounts of mollusks around the world.

Species 2000: annual checklist compiling taxonomic information contained in 52 taxonomic databases. Records contain taxonomic data and links to original database records. 

Tree of Life: Taxon pages in development, most contain images, references, and taxonomic information. 

Treebase: database of trees derived from phylogenetic analyses. Search by taxon, author, citation, and more. Results include bibliographic information and phylogenetic trees pulled from the studies.

UC Museum of Paleontology- History of Life Through Time: tree of life by clicking on taxa of interest for evolutionary history. Articles have references and links for further information.

Virus Taxonomy Online: taxonomic information and genus/species accounts of viruses; maintained by the International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses. 

World List of Marine, Freshwater & Terrestrial Crustacea Isopoda: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History maintains site, features a taxonomic database of isopod species and a bibliography of species descriptions.

Zoological Record Taxonomic Hierarchy: taxonomic data and references for species descriptions for all animal, plant, and virus taxa found within Thomson databases including BIOSIS and ZooRecord.

Zoonomen: Zoological Nomenclature Resource: continually updated nomenclature and species descriptions for birds.

Selected books