Internet Resources: Zoology Research Guide

General Gateways, Guides, and Databases

Animal-Specific Databases

  • AmphibiaWeb (
    Searchable "access to taxonomic information for every recognized species of amphibian in the world. Species accounts are being added regularly by specialists and volunteers and they contain species descriptions, life history information, conservation status, literature references, photos and range maps for many species."
  • Duckdata ( U.S. Department of the Interior; U.S. Geological Survey (USGS).
    "A bibliographic database of published literature on the ecology, conservation, and management of North American waterfowl and their wetland habitats."
  • EMBL Reptile Database ( European Molecular Biology Laboratory.
    "This database is intended to provide information on the classification of all living reptiles by listing all species and their pertinent higher taxa. The database therefore covers all living snakes, lizards, amphisbaenians and crocodiles." Provides primarily (scientific) names, synonyms, distributions and related data. Currently searchable by scientific name only.
  • FishBase (
    A "global information system with all you ever wanted to know about fishes. FishBase is a relational database with information to cater to different professionals such as research scientists, fisheries managers, zoologists and many more."
  • PrimateLit (
    "The PrimateLit database provides bibliographic access to the scientific literature on nonhuman primates for the research and educational communities. Coverage of the database spans 1940 to present and includes all publication categories (articles, books, abstracts, technical reports, dissertations, book chapters, etc.) and many subject areas."

Government Agencies and Information

Research Grants and Projects

Animal Images

  • Fish and Wildlife National Image Library (
    "The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's online collection of public domain still photographs. The National Image Library contains still photo images of wildlife, plants, National Wildlife Refuges and other scenics, as well as wildlife management work."

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