Index to the species of marine life on the BMLSS web site
|Prokaryotae (Monera)|| Protoctista
Museum of Paleontology
University of California, Berkeley
on the Cowrie to go to the Web Site
This is an important and
interesting publication for the serious biologist; a multimedia guide to
5 kingdoms which are divided into 92 phyla.
NB. It does not go down to the genera and species (the names for individual animals); it is an introduction to
the major groups.
The BMLSS have adopted these
classifications at phylum level. All the phyla are described in detail
useful glossary of the important biological terms, e.g. "budding: asexual reproduction by outgrowth of a bud
from a parent cell or body", and "parthenogenesis: development of an unfertilized egg into an organism".
The CD-ROM contains an excellent
introduction and monochrome habitat illustrations with 'hotspot' links
phyla, and individual species, usually the smaller microscopic organisms, illustrated with clear colour
This CD-ROM is designed for
professional biologists, but it would certainly be valuable for students
a look at this, so it should be in University and Public Libraries. The extensive references tend to be
American centred. There are moving images and musical introductions on some subjects.
The CD-ROM works both under Windows 3.1 and Windows 95 and on Apple Mackintosh computers.
The BMLSS will not be duplicating
information on this disc on any of our planned electronic publications
we really could not improve on the descriptions of the characteristics of each phylum.
However, I appreciate that
expensive computer equipment and CD-ROMs are not within the budget of all
our members. Details of the animal phyla are described in many text books, e.g. Philips Atlas of the Oceans
by John Pernetta (Reed International 1994).
The Variety of Life: A Survey and a Celebration of all the Creatures that have ever lived, by Colin Tudge
ISBN 0-19-850311-3 £35.00 (Oxford
University Press, March 2000)
A magnificently illustrated, highly readable and authoritative account
and reference source of all creatures, alive and extinct. How is it possible
to summarise such a huge number? By classification: the book does not of
course describe every single species, but it does show all principal groups
to which all living things belong. Far from being a dull pursuit,
the modern craft and science of classification takes us into some of the
most intriguing and intricate areas of biological philosophy and
technique, in which new studies of extraordinary fossils and of DNA plucked
from the wild all play their part. We are entering a new phase of biology
in which, for the first time, biologists can feel reasonably confident
that they now have an insight into life's true diversity, and that they
have the methods required to keep track of it. The Variety of Life heralds
this new phase. Here is the book that everyone who is interested in living
things must own, from general readers to professional biologists.
The phylogenic trees and strong emphasis on classification
Zoological Record BIOSIS Internet Guide to Zoology
National Center for Biotechnology Information
NCBI taxonomy browser
Tjärnö Marine Biological Laboratory, Strömstad, Sweden
British Marine Life Study Society Homepage
European Register of Marine Species
Index: British Marine Life Study Society
SPECIES LIST; Original List
Wildlife News: Latest
THE SPECIES DIRECTORY OF THE
MARINE FAUNA AND FLORA OF THE BRITISH ISLES AND SURROUNDING SEAS.
Edited by C. Howson and B. Picton
Ulster Museum & the Marine Conservation Society 1997.
About £27.50 (including CD-ROM 1999)
The project to collate the species that live in the seas off Britain is an ongoing project. The Directory is a list of all the species grouped systematically according to their scientific names, with a comprehensive bibliography. The 1997 edition, not available until 1998, is the latest list and is useful on the rare occasions (about once a week for me) that I have to look up a vagrant, unusual species that is not listed in the usual identification books.
Now available with the CD-ROM, this proves useful list of all the species for professionals, but it could be improved to make it more useful, e.g. facilities for biological recording and an interchange with Recorder 2000.
Biological Taxonomy & Classification (Montgomery College Library)
"Nuts and Bolts" of Taxonomy and Classification
TRACE OF LIFE ON EARTH