Zoology Web Resources






American Malacological Society. c/o Eugene P. Keferl, Coastal Georgia Community College, 3700 Altama Ave., Brunswick, GA 31520-3644. Phone: 912-262-3089. E-Mail: kefer@bc9000.bc.peachnet.edu.

American Society of Parasitologists. American Society of Parasitology Business Office, P.O. Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-8897.

Conchological Society of Great Britain and Ireland. c/o Hon. Membership Secretary Mike Weideli.  35 Bartlemy Road, Newbury, Berks., RG14 6LD, England. Phone: 01635 42190. E-mail: membership@conchsoc.org.

International Society for Evolutionary Protistology.

International Society of Invertebrate Reproduction.

Malacological Society of London. c/o G. B. J. Dussart, Ph.D., Christ Church College, North Holmes Road, Canterbury, Kent, CT1 1QU, England

Society for Experimental and Descriptive Malacology (SEDM). PO Box 3037, Ann Arbor, MI 48106. Phone: (734) 764-0470. Fax: (734) 763-4080. E-Mail: jbburch@umich.edu

Society for Invertebrate Pathology. 7413 Six Forks Rd. #114, Raleigh, NC 27615. Phone: 888-486-1505. Fax: 888-684-4682. E-mail: sip@sipweb.org.

Society of Nematologists. PO Box 311, Marceline, MO 64658. Phone: 660-376-2939. Fax: 660-376-2939. E-Mail: socnema@yahoo.com.

Society of Protozoologists. PO Box 1897, Lawrence, KS 66044-8897. Phone: 914-365-8542, E-Mail: smowry@allenpress.com.

Xerces Society. 4828 SE Hawthorne Blvd. Portland, OR 97215. Phone: 503-232-6639. E-mail: info@xerces.org.

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Checklists and Classification Schemes

CephBase.  Wood, James B. Galveston, TX, 1998-  .

    This Web site provides access to several databases containing information about the cephalopods, both life histories and classification.  The ďSpecies SearchĒ interface allows users to search by common or scientific name, and the records include the classification, common name, distribution, images, predators and prey, references, type specimens, and links to other Web sites for each species.  There are now 785 species covered in the databases.

Classification of the Extant Echinodermata. California Academy of Sciences.

    This page provides a list of the families of echinoderms.  There are links to images of some of the echinoderms, principally the starfish.  The main CAS Echinoderm Webpage (http://www.calacademy.org/research/izg/echinoderm/) has basic information on echinoderms, meeting information, and an extensive list of Web pages.

Ctenophores. Mills, C. E.  2001.

    The author, a scientist at the University of Washington, has created a Web page with extensive information on the Ctenophora.  The site includes a list of all valid names of the Ctenophora as well as general information about the comb jellies.

Current Classification of Recent Cephalopoda. Smithsonian Institute National Museum of Natural History.

    This 59 page long PDF file provides a classification of cephalopods based on the latest literature.  It was apparently prepared by staff at the Smithsonian, but no authors are credited.  The author, date, type location, and type repository for each species or subspecies is given, though no synonyms are listed.

Hexacorallians of the World: Sea Anemones, Corals, and Their Allies. Fautin, Daphne G. 2002.

    This site provides an authoritative list of several orders of cnidarians, specifically the Actiniaria, Antipatharia, Ceriantharia, Corallimorpharia, Ptychodactiaria, Scleractinia, and Zoanthidea.  A vast amount of data can also be found here, including the usual catalog information (first description, synonymy, type specimen and location, distribution, and so on) as well as images and several classification schemes.

Sipuncula Taxa with Synonyms. Hallan, Joel and Edward B. Cutler.

    The classification system on this page was taken from Cutlerís The Sipuncula: Their Systematics, Biology, and Evolution.

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Annelid Worm Biodiversity Resources: Polychaetes, Oligochaetes, Leeches, and Allies. Read, Geoff. New Orleans: University of New Orleans, 1996-  .

    This site includes information on the Sipuncula and Pogonophora as well as annelids.

C. elegans II. Riddle, Donald L., et al., eds. Plainview, NY: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press, 1997.

    This handbook discusses the biology of C. elegans in great detail, providing all the details that researchers who study the development or genetics of this common model organism need.  The full text of the volume is also available at no charge for personal use at this website as part of the NCBI Bookshelf.

Wormatlas: A Database of Behavioral and Structural Anatomy of Caenorhabditis elegans. 2002-  .

    This site provides a number of databases and services for researchers studying C. elegans, including a handbook of worm anatomy, cell and neuron identification, a discussion of anatomical methods, a glossary (incomplete at the time of viewing), and links to other sites and literature about this popular nematode.

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Identification Tools

Shells Database.

    A Japanese-English Web database covering 3,865 species of mollusks at the time of viewing.  The database can be searched by shell shape, scientific name, or Japanese common name.  The molluscs are also listed in taxonomic order so users can browse individual families.  The record for each species includes a color photograph, taxonomy, English and Japanese common names, distribution, habitat, notes, and bibliography.  The search by shape function is useful for collectors who need to identify a shell, while the remainder of the site is oriented more towards researchers.



American Malacological Bulletin. Vol. 1-  . Hattiesburg, MS: American Malacological Union, 1983-  .  Two no. a year. ISSN 0740-2783.

    Publishes articles and symposia reports in all areas of malacology.  Cumulative author and taxonomic indexes and tables of contents from 1983 to 1998 are available on the American Malacological Unionís Web site.

Invertebrate Systematics. Vol. 16-  . Melbourne: Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization with the cooperation of the Australian Academy of Science, 2001-  . 8/yr. $675.00. ISSN 0818-0164. Available electronically.

    Publishes articles on the systematics of invertebrates from around the world.  Most of the papers concern major revisions of taxonomic groups, though articles on species of economic or conservation interest are also welcomed.  The journal also publishes methodological papers and reviews. Sample articles from select issues are available at this website.  Formerly: Invertebrate Taxonomy.

The Veliger. Vol. 1-  . Berkeley, CA: California Malacozoological Society, 1958-  . Quarterly. $82.00. ISSN 0042-3211.

    Publishes articles, short articles, notes, and book reviews in all areas of molluscan research.  Tables of contents and supplementary data are available at the journalís site.

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