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Biology: Other Biology Resources

A resource and research guide for Biology

Trilobita

Trilobite retrieved from the PhyloPic Database

Organism Databases

WikiSpecies is a wiki-based online project whose goal is to create a comprehensive free content catalogue of all species.  Sponsered by the WikiFoudnation This project is managed by scientists  and has robsut quality and authority control. 
 
ZipcodeZoo is a free, online natural history encyclopedia. ZipcodeZoo has a page for every living species, supplementing text with video, sound, and images where available. The site's 6.1 million pages include over 1.2 million photographs, 52,000 videos, 223,000 sound clips, and a 3.9 million maps describing 4.7 million species and infraspecies.
 
Catalogue Of Life The Catalogue of Life is the most comprehensive and authoritative global index of species currently available. It consists of a single integrated species checklist and taxonomic hierarchy. The Catalogue holds essential information on the names, relationships and distributions of over 1.6 million species. This figure continues to rise as information is compiled from diverse sources around the world.
 
Euro+Med Plant Database integrates and critically evaluates information from Flora Europaea, Med-Checklist, the Flora of Macaronesia, and from regional and national floras and checklists from the area as well as additional taxonomic and floristic literature. This is complemented by the European taxa of several families taken from the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families and of the Leguminosae from the International Legume Database and Information Service.
 
Census of Marine Life  A decade long effort to assess the diversity, distribution, and abundance of marine life involving 2,700 scientists, 540 expeditions and countless hours of land-based research.  The first Census of Marine Life produced the most comprehensive inventory of known marine life ever compiled and has cataloged 30 million records as of January 2011. 
 
AlgaeBase is a database of information on algae that includes terrestrial, marine and freshwater organisms together with sea-grasses, even though they are flowering plants.  At present, the data for the marine algae, particularly seaweeds, are the most complete. 
 
FishBase is a global biodiversity information system on finfishes covering more than 33,000 species. Its initial goal to provide key facts on population dynamics for 200 major commercial species has now grown to having a wide range of information on all species currently known in the world: taxonomy, biology, trophic ecology, life history, and uses, as well as historical data reaching back to 250 years.
 
Paleobiology Database is a non-governmental, non-profit public resource for paleontological data. It has been organized and operated by a multi-disciplinary, multi-institutional, international group of paleobiological researchers. Its purpose is to provide global, collection-based occurrence and taxonomic data for organisms of all geological ages, as well data services to allow easy access to data for independent development of analytical tools, visualization software, and applications of all types. 
 
USDA Plants Database provides standardized information about the vascular plants, mosses, liverworts, hornworts, and lichens of the U.S. and its territories. It includes names, plant symbols, checklists, distributional data, species abstracts, characteristics, images, crop information, automated tools, onward Web links, and references. This information primarily promotes land conservation in the United States and its territories, but academic, educational, and general use is encouraged. 
 
Euro+Med Plant Database Euro+Med Plantbase integrates and critically evaluates information from Flora Europaea, Med-Checklist, the Flora of Macaronesia, and from regional and national floras and checklists from the area as well as additional taxonomic and floristic literature. This is complemented by the European taxa of several families taken from the World Checklist of Selected Plant Families and of the Leguminosae from the International Legume Database and Information Service.
 
MorphoBank is a web application providing an online database and workspace for evolutionary research, specifically systematics (the science of determining the evolutionary relationships among species). One can think of MorphoBank as two databases in one: one that permits researchers to upload images and affiliate data with those images (labels, species names, etc.) and a second database that allows researchers to upload morphological data and affiliate it with phylogenetic matrices. In both cases, MorphoBank is project-based, meaning a team of researchers can create a project and share the images and associated data exclusively with each other. When a paper associated with the project is published, the research team can make their data permanently available for view on MorphoBank where it is now archived.
 
Catalogue Of Life The Catalogue of Life is the most comprehensive and authoritative global index of species currently available. It consists of a single integrated species checklist and taxonomic hierarchy. The Catalogue holds essential information on the names, relationships and distributions of over 1.6 million species. This figure continues to rise as information is compiled from diverse sources around the world.
 
ARKive.org A multimedia record of life on Earth. Useful for conservation, education and public awareness.
 
GBIF is an open-data research infrastructure aimed at providing access to data about all types of life on Earth.
 
 
iDigBio A collection of data and images for millions of biological specimens available in electronic format for the research community, government agencies, students, educators, and the general public.
 
Neotoma Paleoecology Database  covers the Pliocene-Quaternary part of the geologic record, the time during which humans evolved and during which modern ecosystems developed.
 
bioSearch is the marine biodiversity database of India.  See also
 
bioSearch/microbes the microbial subsection of bioSearch.
 
Catalog of Fishes  covers more than 53,000 species and subspecies, over 10,000 genera and subgenera, and includes in excess of 16,000 bibliographic references. Entries for species, for example, consist of species/subspecies name, genus, author, date, publication, pages, figures, type locality, location of type specimen(s), current status (with references), family/subfamily, and important publication, taxonomic, or nomenclatural notes. Nearly all original descriptions have been examined, and much effort has gone into determining the location of type specimens. 
 
IUCN Red List is one of the most comprehensive, objective global approach for evaluating the conservation status of plant and animal species. 
 
HerpMapper A spatial catalog of herpetological observations.
 
The Living Planet Index is a measure of the state of the world's biological diversity based on population trends of vertebrate species from terrestrial, freshwater and marine habitats. The
 
PhyloPic  is a collection of animal silhouettes.  For best results search by scientific name, class, family etc.
 
Protected Maritime Species contains over 4300 protected marine species in an MS Excel spreadsheet.
 

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