A.J. Silverside, February 2011
Links to other image and reference sites
There is now an abundance of image sites on the Internet. The following are a selection, either for images or for comprehensive compilations that include links to other image and reference sites. This page deals with the more general sites. Index pages for each kingdom may give further, more specialised links.
Sites come and go, and since this links page was first written a decade ago, many valuable sites seem to have vanished, in a number of cases reflecting course, staff and funding changes in universities. It is unfortunate that sites that represent a major input of time and expertise are not more commonly archived, perhaps by transfer to museums or other equvalent institutions.
At present this page is much shortened and, in the main, lists sites that have existed since the early days of the Internet. Other important sites await addition here and I intend to add sections relating to British conservation. However I do not have the time at present to update this page as rapidly as I would wish.
All links last checked on or after: 16th February 2011.
The World-Wide Web Virtual Library: (Biosciences)
This attempts to keep comprehensive lists of information resources on the World-Wide Web. Enthusiasts maintain sites for different subject areas and coverage is inevitably uneven. Following these links often leads to vast quantities of valuable information.
To see the full overview of the WWW Virtual Library, go here (British mirror site) or here (main site).
General index page to Biosciences pages.
Sections of the WWW Virtual Library (as named) that relate to biodiversity include:
Links to all kinds of botanical information sources, including images.
Includes a very good general index.
Very comprehensive set of links to all aspects of genetics, including compilations for the major research organisms.
Another set of links to information on major research organisms.
Sadly, the VL sections that covered molecular biodiversity ("Biomolecules"; "Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology") appear no longer to exist as such. However, the Harvard University Biology Links page appears to replace the VL equivalent. The valuable Entomology page also seems to have gone.
Follow the hierarchies for compilations of web pages on most or all major groups of organisms.
(UC Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley)
An excellent and still up-to-date summary of living organisms.
Huge and reliably named collection of photographs of living organisms, mostly British, including close-ups, photomicrographs, etc, though of low resolution (for reasons given on the site). Also an excellent set of links to all kinds of natural history, biological recording and conservation resources. Strong on invertebrates, fungi and higher plants.
A site that gives simple, readable accounts of the diversity of (mostly) multicellular living organisms, illustrated with excellent photographs. Warning: like many American sites it treats the "five-kingdom" classification as "fact".
(UC Museum of Paleontology, Berkeley)
Useful overview of the kingdom Animalia.
A major source of links, from the seriously academic to the distinctly offbeat. Has a veterinary bias.
American of course, but a large collection of insect photographs, also insect damage and a large plant pathology section (including actions of pathogenic fungi etc.).
SMALL STUFF (Algae, protozoa, 'protists', rotifers, etc.)
(Charles J. O'Kelly and Tim Littlejohn, University of Montreal)
Pictures and information on selected genera of algae and protozoa.
Huge number of images and much other information, English language version of a Japanese site.
(Rex L. Lowe [and formerly David W. Johnson], Department of Biological Sciences Bowling Green State University)
Digitised images of diatoms. Useful links to other algological web sites.
(Jason Oyadomari, Finlandia University, Hancock, previously Michigan Technological University)
A very large and superb set of photomicrographs of algae of all the major phyla.
(University of the Western Cape)
Excellent set of links to pages on the different algal phyla and to all kinds of algal information sources.
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