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Biodiversity: Life & taxa

I. Key taxonomic & biodiversity information websites

Catalogue of Life

     • My first go-to site for taxonomic information, CoL is a joint project of:

          Species 2000

          Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

Encyclopedia of Life

     • Built on the Catalogue of Life (see above), EoL contains a wider array of information (including photos) on many taxa. However,  

          for non-biologists, EoL's taxonomic rankings can be confusing to follow as they are unlabelled (order? suborder? family?).


Global Biodiversity Information Facility


IUCN Red List

Animal Diversity Web

NatureServe Explorer

     • Covers US and Canada

Tree of Life web project

Biodiversity Heritage Library

World Biodiversity Information Network (last update 2008)

> Biodiverstiy observation platforms/social networks @ Carrie Seltzer's Journal

II. Systematics, taxonomy & biological data management

Biota software

Global Resources Information Database @ UNEP

Group on Earth Observations

III. Miscellaneous taxonomically-sorted information

• What you see from this point on is an infinitesimal sampling of the planet's biodiversity...with a coincidentally strong focus on my personal interests. If you are looking for taxa-specific information, the key websites listed above are your best starting point.

Marine taxa


Microbial Life Educational Resources

     • My first go-to site for taxonomic information

Algae & lichens

Consortium of North American Lichen Herbaria

Lichens @ USFS

Macroalga Herbarium Portal




Consortium of North American Bryophyte Herbaria

International Plant Names Index

Missouri Botanical Garden

Mycology Collections Data Portal

Plants for a Future


Arthropoda (invertebrates)

Aquatic Macroinvertebrate Collection @ Carnegie Museum of Natural History

Bumble Bee Watch

Cambridge Entomological Club



Mosquito Taxanomic Inventory

National Butterfly Center (US)

Western Monarch Milkweed Mapper

Chordata (vertebrates)

    Fish, fisheries & marine life


     Chelonian Research Foundation

     Inter-American Convention for the Conservation of Turtles

     New York Turtle & Tortoise Society

     Turtle Conservancy

     ↳Aves (birds)


          Artiodactyla (even-toed ungulates)

              National Bighorn Sheep Interpretive Center

              Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation

              Sierra Nevada Bighorn Sheep Program

              Wild Sheep Foundation


               Canidae (wolves)

                    International Wolf Center

                    Mexican Wolf

                    Predator Conservation Alliance

               Felidae (cats)

                    Jaguar Corridor Initiative @ Panthera

                    Lion Guardians

               Mustelidae (weasels)

                    Wolverine Watch

               Otariidae (seals)

                    Seal Conservation Society

               Ursidae (bears)

          ↳Chiroptera (bats)

          Perrisodactyla (odd-toed ungulates)

               Save the Rhino

               Rhino Resource Center






Looking for something alive or dead?

Before combing through the wide range of taxonomic resources on this page, try starting your search here:

Catalogue of Life Annual Checklist