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What is Taxonomy?
Taxonomy is the branch of science concerned with classification and naming of organisms. Use the sources on this page to search for scientific names of organisms, as well as articles about organisms. Knowing the scientific name or classification of an organism can be very helpful when searching for information about a particular species.
Animal Diversity Web
Animal Diversity Web (ADW) is an online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan.
"The Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life is planned to become a comprehensive catalogue of all known species of organisms on Earth. Rapid progress has been made recently and this, the twelfth edition of the Annual Checklist, contains 1,404,038 species. Please note that this is probably just slightly over 2/3 of the world's known species"
Encyclopedia of Life
Goal is to gather "information and pictures of all species known to science."
Species Fungorum is an RBG Kew coordinated initiative delivering the fungal component of the Species 2000 project and it's contribution, in partnership with ITIS, to the Catalogue of Life.
Integrated Taxonomic Information Systems (ITIS)
"Here you will find authoritative taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world."
"MycoBank is an on-line database aimed as a service to the mycological and scientific society by documenting mycological nomenclatural novelties (new names and combinations) and associated data, for example descriptions and illustrations."
NCBI Entrez Taxonomy Browser
Provides links to genetic information, helpful external sites and sometimes to specific research articles in PubMed.
Virus Taxonomy Online
International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses: The 7th lCTV Report formalized for the first time the concept of the virus species as the lowest taxon (group) in a branching hierarchy of viral taxa. The Taxonomy includes hierarchy information about known viruses.