Zoology Web Resources





American Cetacean Society. P.O. Box 1391, San Pedro, CA 90731. Phone: 310-548-6279. E-mail: acs@pobox.com.


American Society of Mammalogists. c/o Duane Smith, 290 MLBM, Brigham Young Univ., Provo, UT 84602. Phone: 801-378-2492.

Australian Mammal Society. c/o Dr Rod Kavanagh, State Forests of New South Wales, P.O. Box 100, Beecroft, NSW 2119, Australia. e-mail: rodk@sf.nsw.gov.au.

Mammal Society. 15 Cloisters House, 8 Battersea Park Rd, London SW8 4BG, England. Phone: 44 207 4984358. Fax: 44 207 6228722. E-Mail: enquiries@mammal.org.uk.

Society of Marine Mammalogy.

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Bibliography of General Works in Mammalogy. Wahlert, John H. New York: American Museum of Natural History, 1999-  .

    A handy list of resources appropriate for beginning students in mammalogy.  The list is quite extensive and is broken down into broad subject categories such as Keys to Mammals, Systematics and Nomenclature, and Anatomy.  Most of the items are books but a few are articles.  The author works at the American Museum of Natural History.

MAMMFAUN: A Bibliography Concerning the Geographical Distribution of Mammals. 1993. Smith, Charles H.

    Originally published as two floppy disks, this Web bibliography covers about 2300 items such as keys, field guides, faunal monographs, and articles dealing with the geographic distribution of mammals.  The bibliography covers only articles published up to 1993 and is arranged in alphabetical order by author.  In addition to the citation, the author has added geographical and taxonomic keywords.

PrimateLit: A Bibliographic Database for Primatology. Madison, WI: Wisconsin Regional Primate Research Center, 2001-  .

    This database covers the scientific literature dealing with all aspects of the biology and behavior of non-human primates.  It goes back to 1940 and indexes journals, books, book chapters, dissertations, proceedings, and other literature types.  A subset of the database, Current Primate References (CPR), provides access to the most recent six months worth of citations and was formerly published in print.AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access). Washington, DC: National Agricultural Library, 1970-  . Updated daily.

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Checklists and Classification Schemes

International Species Inventory System (ISIS).

    A system to record information on all animals held in captivity, ISIS holds data on over 1.65 million individuals from 10,000 species, including pedigrees and population demographics.  The data was formerly published as ISIS Mammalian Taxonomic Directory in looseleaf format.  The ISIS numbers are frequently included in other mammalian handbooks.

Mammal Species of the World: A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference. 2nd ed. Wilson, Don E. and DeeAnn M. Reeder, eds.

    A checklist to the mammals of the world, this is the standard classification guide for mammals.  It provides original citation, type locality, distribution, status, synonyms, and comments for each species.  An appendix lists the species accounts found in numbers 1-402 of the serial publication Mammalian Species, below.

Mammalian Species. No. 1-  . American Society of Mammalogists, 1969-  . Irregular. $50.00. ISBN 0076-3519.

    This serial publication consists of individual species accounts for the mammals of the world.  About 25-30 are published per year, over 700 by early 2003, and each number covers one species.  The information provided for each species includes species name, diagnosis, general characters, distribution, ecology, etymology, function, reproduction, behavior, genetics, and literature cited.  Most are illustrated with distribution maps, skulls, and line drawings.  An index and PDF files of the first 631 accounts have been made available on this website by Virginia Hayssen.

State Lists: State-Specific Lists of Indigenous Mammals. American Society of Mammalogists.

    This site links to state mammal lists, with plans to add Canadian and Mexican lists as well.  At the time of viewing, about half the state lists were complete.  The lists include common and scientific names, higher taxa, status and distribution, and whether a photograph is available from the society’s mammal image library, and the species account number from Mammalian Species, below.

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Australian Mammal Species Files. Australian Mammal Society. Australian Mammal Society, 2001.

    This site will contain species accounts for all Australian mammals when complete, though at the time of viewing only a few were available.

Guidelines for the Capture, Handling, and Care of Mammals as Approved by the American Society of Mammalogists.  Animal Care and Use Committee. s. l.:  American Society of Mammalogists.

    This pamphlet provides guidelines for research with mammals, including field studies, capture, and specimen collection.  The pamphlet also discusses topics such as the researchers’ responsibility for dependant offspring, euthanasia, transporting captive animals, and more.

Mammal Collections in the Western Hemisphere: A Survey and Directory of Existing Collections. Hafner, Mark S., et al. Lawrence, KS: Printed by Allen Press for the American Society of Mammalogists, 1997.

    Presents the results of a survey of mammal collections taken in 1995.  The authors present summary information on the collections, including size, taxa represented, presence of catalogs or various policies, and similar data.  The directory itself provides contact information and a brief summary of the size and special strengths of the collection.  There are several appendixes covering such topics as a bibliography of type specimen catalogs, publication series associated with mammal collections such as Fieldiana: Zoology, and basic standards.

Platypus and Echidna. Bethge, Philip.

    While this site had not been updated for several years at the time of viewing, it contained detailed information on the biology of the monotremes.  For each group, the site is divided into three areas covering the basics, physiology, and ongoing research projects.  There is also an extensive bibliography and list of links for each group as well.

Primate Info Net. Jacobsen, Larry, coordinator.

    This site is maintained by the Wisconsin Primate Research Center (WPRC) Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and contains a variety of links and information for people interested in primatology.  Among the resources found on the site is a set of Primate Fact Sheets covering the natural history and taxonomy of the living primates.

A Synopsis of the Mammalian Fauna of the Philippine Islands. Heaney, Lawrence R., et al. Chicago, IL: Field Museum of Natural History, 1998.

    This handbook covers 201 species of mammals of the Philippines. Species accounts include citation to the original description, English common name, distribution, habitat, and conservation status.  Updated version of the print handbook.

The Ultimate Ungulate Page: Your Guide to the World’s Hoofed Mammals. Huffman, Brent. 1996.

    This site provides information on the ungulates or hoofed mammals, including the Tubulidentata, Hyracoidea, Proboscidea, Sirenia, Perissodactyla, and Artiodactyla orders.  There are species accounts for about half the ungulate species, following the basic format of Mammalian Species (above), and includes classification, description, ecology, behavior, distribution, conservation status, and general remarks.  There are distribution maps and photographs as well, many of them taken by the author.

Virtual Pig Dissection. Michaud, Steve L.

    This Web site provides labeled drawings of pig anatomy, including external anatomy, respiratory system, circulatory system, digestive system, and male and female reproductive systems.  Anatomical names are linked to brief definitions.  The quality of the illustrations is reasonably good, but not as clear as most print lab manuals.

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Mammal Review. Vol. 1-  . Oxford, UK: Blackwell Scientific Publications, 19-  . Quarterly. $457.00. ISSN 0305-1838. Available electronically.

    Publishes review articles on any aspects of mammalogy.  A few articles are available for free at the publisher’s Web site.  A publication of the Mammal Society. 

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