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  • ARKive
    A digital library of films and photographs of the world's species, prioritising those species at most risk of extinction. Contributors include famous names in natural history broadcasting, commercial film and picture agencies, leading academic institutions and international conservation organisations.
  • As Many Exceptions as Rules
    Exceptions to natural and biological rules are used to increase interest in biology. Recent studies, and not so recent studies, are described in order to demonstrate amazing organisms and practices. Core concepts of biology are emphasized, with side trips into the research of topics that give insight into the evolution and interelatedness of all life.
  • Biodiversity Heritage Library
    Consortium of natural history and botanical libraries that cooperate to digitize and make accessible the legacy literature of biodiversity held in their collections and to make that literature available for open access and responsible use as a part of a global "biodiversity commons".
  • Center for Biological Diversity
    An advocacy organization working to preserve endangered species. Provides information on the status of specific species. Clickable profiles of individual species are listed under sections such as Plants, Amphibians, Fish, and Mammals. Each profile includes a color photograph and information about the species.
  • Invasive Species Compendium
    An encyclopaedic resource that brings together a wide range of different types of science-based information to support decision-making in invasive species management worldwide. It comprises detailed datasheets that have been written by experts, edited by an independent scientific organization, peer reviewed and enhanced with data from specialist organizations, images, maps, and a bibliographic database of abstracts and full text articles. New datasheets and data sets continue to be added, datasheets are reviewed and updated, and new scientific literature is included on a weekly basis.
  • IUCN Red List of Threatened Species
    Provides taxonomic, conservation status and distribution information on plants and animals that have been globally evaluated using the IUCN Red List Categories and Criteria.
  • Kimball's Biology Pages
    Online biology textbook which covers the chemical basis of life, molecules of life, the cellular basis of life, how materials get in and out of cells, cell metabolism, DNA, gene expression, cell division, the genetic consequences of meiosis, regulation of gene expression, mutation, genomics, cancer, aging, embryonic development and its regulation, the anatomy and physiology of animals, the anatomy and physiology of plants, ecology, evolution, the diversity of life.
  • Mammal Species of the World
    A database of mammalian taxonomy for identifying or verifying recognized scientific names and for taxonomic research. The names are organized in a hierarchy that includes Order, Suborder, Family, Subfamily, Genus, Species and Subspecies.
  • National Center for Biotechnology Information
    Provides access to biomedical and genomic information.
  • National Invasive Species Information Center (NISIC)
    Gateway to invasive species information; covering U.S. Federal, State, local, and international sources.
  • NatureServe
    A non-profit organization that provides high-quality scientific expertise for conservation. Our dynamic and impactful data, tools, and resources help guide conservation action where it’s needed most. We envision a world where decision-makers fully understand the importance of science in identifying and protecting our precious animals, plants, and ecosystems.
  • The National Academies Press - Biology and Life Sciences
    More than 200 PDFs of reports relating to biodiversity, biology, biotechnology, genetics, lab animal research, issued by the National Academy of Sciences, the Institute of Medicine, and the National Research Council of the U.S.
  • PLoS Biology
    Peer-reviewed, open-access journal featuring research articles of exceptional significance in all areas of biological science, from molecules to ecosystems.
  • Tree of Life Web Project
    Collaborative effort of biologists and nature enthusiasts from around the world. The project provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history.
  • Wikispecies
    Species directory that anyone can edit; covers Animalia, Plantae, Fungi, Bacteria, Archaea, Protista and all other forms of life

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