Taxonomic Links
Systematic and Taxonomic Websites

Description Language for Taxonomy (DELTA): a method for encoding taxonomic descriptions for computer processing that an be used to produce natural-language descriptions, conventional or interactive keys, cladistic or phenetic classifications, and information-retrieval systems.
Expert Center for Taxonomic Identification (ETI) Develops and produces scientific and educational computer-aided information systems. Also hosts the World Taxonomist Database (link: and the World Biodiversity Database
Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS) Taxonomic information on plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.
ION - Index to Organism Names
NCBI - National Center for Biotechnology Information (a taxonomy browser for genetic information on malocostracan crustaceans)
Biology Browser - phylogenetically arranged links to many publications and internet resources on invertebrate taxonomy and systematics
Zootaxa - an online journal that publishes papers on animal taxonomy
National Science Foundation (NSF): Directorate for Biological
Sciences – Systematic and Population Biology

Southern California Association of Marine Invertebrate Taxonomists (SCAMIT) Homepage
National Benthic Inventory - National Benthic Specimen Collection
BIONet International (The global Network for Taxonomy)
Hennig Society
Systematics Association

Best of the Web/Systematics and Taxonomy

Museum Websites
  Natural History Museum of the UK (NHM): Taxonomic Information Across the Internet
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH): Systematic Biology
National Museum of Natural History (NMNH): Invertebrate Zoology
American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) Center for Biodiversity and Conservation
Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County
Biodiversity and Bioinformatics Websites

ARKive - Images of Life on Earth
An Essay on Biodiversity and Taxonomy by F. Boero
Census of Marine Life
Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) - provides rapid and free primary data about biodiversity to the global scientific community; includes a link to a powerpoint presentation outling the overall approach of GBIF
National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI): Taxonomy Homepage
Tree of Life Web Project (TOL)
Species 2000

Centre for Marine Biodiversity (focus on northwest Atlantic)
OBIS - Ocean Biogeographic Information System - a database of global marine animal and plant distributions
Biodiversity Heritage Library - provides access to historical or obscure taxonomic literature

Taxon Specific Websites




Invertebrates, vertebrates and plants from Florida
Gammaridean Amphipods of Florida - five volumes of keys to gammaridean amphipods of FL
Polychaetes of Chesapeake Bay and coastal Virginia
Ceph Base
Key to calanoid copepods at
The Crustacean Society (TCS)
Octocoral Research Center - California Academy of Science's website for octocoral taxonomy
Tanaidacean Homepage
World List of Isopods
Echinoderms of the South Carolina Continental Shelf
Sea Slug Forum

Miscellaneous - Benthic fauna of Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (located in the South Atlantic Bight)

Classification of Recent Crustacea (from An Updated Classification of the Recent Crustacea, Martin & Davis, 2001)