A  web·guide to sustainable development, conservation & the glocal environment



Taxonomic, systematic & biogeographic information

The databases in this section are generic inasmuch as they do not focus on particular taxonomic groups. sorts databases for specific taxons into taxon-specific pages (start here).

ℹ️Biodiversity observation platforms/social networks @ Carrie Seltzer's Journal

Animal Diversity Web (ADW)

     · “ online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation

       biology at the University of Michigan

     · L. cinereus

Catalogue of Life (CoL)

     · A go-to site for taxonomic information, CoL is a joint project of:

          Species 2000

          Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS)

     · L. cinereus

     · L. cinereus

Earth Biogenome Project

     · “The Earth BioGenome Project (EBP), a moonshot for biology, aims to sequence, catalog and

     characterize the genomes of all of Earth’s eukaryotic biodiversity over a period of ten years.”

     · L. cinereus

Encyclopedia of Life (EoL)

     · 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? can be

     hard to tell).

     · L. cinereus

Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)

     · U.S. Node to GBIF

     · L. cinereus

Global Names Resolver

     · L. cinereus

Integrate Biodiversity Assessment Tool (IBAT)

International Barcode of Life


     · L. cinereus


     · SSC Species Monitoring Specialist Group

          Global Database of Species Population Monitoring Schemes

          Database of Biodiversity Data Sources for Conservation Monitoring

     · Red List

          L. cinereus

Map of Life (MoL)

     ·Geographic information about biodiversity is vital for understanding the many services nature

       provides and their potential changes, yet remains unreliable and often insufficient. Built on a

       scalable web platform geared for large biodiversity and environmental data, Map of Life endeavors

       to provide ‘best-possible’ species range information and species lists for any geographic area.

       Map of Life aims to support effective and global biodiversity education, monitoring, research and

       decision-making by assembling and integrating a wide range of knowledge about species

       distributions and their dynamics over time.”

     · Species Habitat Index

     · L. cinereus

Migratory Insects of North America


     · NatureServe Explorer

           · Definitions of NatureServe Conservation Status Ranks

     · Covers US and Canada. “For nearly 50 years, NatureServe has been the authoritative source for

         biodiversity data throughout North America. We work with 60+ network organizations and

        1,000+ conservation scientists to collect, analyze, and deliver biodiversity knowledge that

        informs conversation action.”

      · L. cinereus


     · L. cinereus

Tree of Life web project

     · Last copyright date is 2005.

World Biodiversity Information Network (last update 2008)


Early Classics in Biogeography, Distribution, and Diversity Studies

     To 1950

     1951 to 1975

Island Biogeography

WildFinder @ WWF

Biodiversity collections

Biodiversity Collections Network

BioCase: Biological Collection Access Service

Scientific Collections International

Data management, tools & mapping

Biota software

Esri & ArcGIS

     ESRI Conservation Program (ECP)

          · "This is the ECP Archive & Mapping site, It serves 2 roles. First, as an online historical archive

             for the first 30 years of the Esri Conservation Program, 1989 - 2019."

      "A new map of world terrestrial ecosystems"

Half Earth Map

MoveBank for animal tracking data

     · "...a free, online database of animal tracking data hosted by the Max Planck Institute of Animal Behavior.

     We help animal tracking researchers to manage, share, protect, analyze and archive their data."

Nature Map Explorer

World Database of Key Biodiversity Areas

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

Taxonomy, systematics & biogeography

Contents of this page:

     · Taxonomic, systematic & biogeographic information

       · Biogeography

         · Biodiversity collections

           · Data management, tools & mapping

Also see:

     · Citizen science at the Environmental science page

       · Migratory species & animal migration

Comparing websites on the basis of a single species

The websites listed here provide varying levels of taxonomic & biological data & information;

for comparative purposes, a link to each website's focal page for the hoary bat (Lasiurus cinereus) is listed for each website where possible.