Animal Identification and Information

This is a slowly updated list of various internet resources dealing with animals… some extinct, some not.

Many of the links are to identification guides.  Over time this will, hopefully grow to include a wider variety of sources and informational resources.

Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in eft phase

Eastern Newt (Notophthalmus viridescens) in eft phase

Reporting & Citizen Science

A WikiLeaks style reporting platform for whistleblowers

Probably the best citizen science website and smartphone app available.  Simple to use, with interesting options such as creating your own customized field guides and an easy project building system


Bird Flight – notes from an EKU ornithology course
Notes from Gary Ritchison’s ornithology class at Eastern Kentucky University
Information about pterosaurs, because,… well, they’re PTEROSAURS! And there is never too much information about extinct animals.

California Herps
Excellent online herpetology resource for California. Excellent photos and identifying information. There is also an iPhone app for Southern California Herps.

Reptiles and Amphibians of Arizona
Just what it says, plus great photos.

Vermont Reptiles and Amphibians
A checklist of the herps of Vermont plus a ton of other resources.

Butterflies and Moths of North America
Citizen Science and Species Identification help

Odonata Central
Dragonflies and Damselflies, primarily of North America. Great info, photographs, and maps, but a little clunky for identifying unknown species. Excellent for confirmation and information though.

The Xerces Society
A wildlife conservation society focused on invertebrates

Sea Stars of the Pacific Northwest
Sea Stars (or Starfish if you prefer) of the Pacific Northwest – a nice pictorial ID chart

Human Ageing Genomics Resources
A database dedicated to aging of species, one portion focused on humans and the genetic pathways related to the aging process, the other to aging on other species. The latter is more interesting to me as it is interesting and astounding to see how long-lives some of our (distant) relatives are.

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