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Catalogue of Life
This growing database will eventually become a comprehensive listing of all known species of organisms on Earth. (A partner with the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) – see below) Includes genus, distribution, life zone, and links to online resources. Site visitors may search using common or scientific names or browse data via a taxonomic tree listing eight kingdoms: Animalia, Archaea, Bacteria, Chromista, Fungi, Plantae, Protozoa, and Viruses. Clicking on Taxonomic Classification leads to a search form with fields including Top Level Group (kingdom), Phylum, Class, Order, Superfamily, Family, Genus, Species, and Infraspecific Taxon.
American’s Wildlife Resource includes Field Guides to almost 6,000 plant and animal species and is the same data set used to create the printed Audubon Field Guides.
Encyclopedia of Life
The Encyclopedia of Life (EOL) is an ambitious project to organize and make available via the Internet virtually all information about life present on Earth. At its heart lies a series of Web sites—one for each of the approximately 1.8 million known species. Each site is constantly evolving and features dynamically synthesized content ranging from historical literature and biological descriptions to stunning images, videos and distribution maps.
Contains information on more than 83,000 plants, both vascular and nonvascular, within the United States and its territories. Search by common name, scientific name, growth habit, growth requirements, state, county, time of bloom, propagation method, use, and other factors. Multi-page plant guides or fact sheets are provided for nearly 600 species. More than 23,000 copyright-free photos and line drawings are provided.