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The Ramsar Sites Database, contains information on wetlands designated as internationally important under the Convention on Wetlands (Ramsar, 1971). These wetlands are commonly known as Ramsar sites. Wetlands International manages and develops the Ramsar Database under contract to the Ramsar Bureau.

FishBase is an information system with key data on the biology of all fishes - at least, this is the goal. Similar to an encyclopedia, FishBase contains different things for different people. Click here to search Fishbase.

Reefbase aims to provide access to data and information on coral reefs and associated shallow tropical habitats. By doing so, we hope to facilitate better understanding of the relationship between human activities and the status and dynamics of these environments.

Species20000 operates a dynamic Common Access System on the Internet through which users can locate a species by name across an array of on-line taxonomic databases. The goal of Species 2000 is to provide a uniform and validated quality index of names of all known species for use as a practical tool.

LarvalBase will be a comprehensive information system on fish larvae that are relevant in the field of finfish aquaculture, combining traditional sources such as primary and "grey" literature. In addition, unofficial data from various sources as Internet and from practicing aquaculturists, even in developing countries, will be regarded.

Man and the Biosphere Species Databases: Vertebrate Animals Reported from Biosphere Reserves and other of the World's Protected Areas. (data are being served by the Information Center for the Environment at U.C. Davis.)

NEODAT provides an interface to 24 collection databases and allows to search for occurrence records of neotropical fish.

MASTICLink - a single coordinating initiative to make the best use of data and information on S&T in Malaysia. MASTICLink provides access to science and technology management information covering: National Science and Technology Minimum DataSet (NMDS); Science and Technology Management (STM) Malaysian Technology Bank (MTB); Intensification of Research in Priority Area (IRPA); Computer Aided Design - Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAD-CAM); Remote Sensing Inventory (RSI).

The Plant Resources of South-East Asia (PROSEA) foundation focuses on documenting and disseminating information on plant resources in SEA. It has established online searchable databases on flora.

The Biodiversity Information Center (BIC) of the Philippines National Museum, has established a new web site where it provides information on rare and endangered species of plants of the Philippines, Philippine type register, bibliography of recent botanical publications, news on plant exploration and plant conservation, linkage to other herbaria, botanic gardens, etc. BIC plans to set up a web-based database of plant species found in the Philippines, description of noteworthy endemic plants, including images.

MekongInfo is an interactive system for sharing information and knowledge about participatory natural resource management (NRM) in the Lower Mekong Basin. In addition to over 2,000 documents (full-text and abstract) in the Library, MekongInfo provides: a Contacts database of individuals, projects and organizations, news and Announcements of events, relevant Web Links, a Gallery of useful resource materials, a Forum for online discussions, and a free Web hosting service.

The GRID database is maintained for the purpose of assisting the international community and individual nations in making sound decisions related to resource management and environmental planning, and where applicable providing data for scientific studies.

The Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research (RMBR) maintains large databases on the IUCN-IAB world most endangered bryophytes, mosses of East Asia and SE Asia. The RMBR website aims at becoming a regional information center on research institutions, museums, zoos and botanical gardens, as well as a source for updated bibliography on biodiversity relevant to SE Asiatic biota.

I.S.I.S. (International Species Information System) is a computer-based information system for wild animal species held in captivity. The ISIS central database hold information on 1.44 million zoological animals of nearly 8,000 species held in 576 institutions in 54 countries. ISIS' Animal Records Keeping System (ARKS) in used for institutional animal records by 573 of ISIS' 576 members. ISIS offers services of immediate use to zoological institutions, and is building an accessible archive of the data needed for the longer term.

CephBase is a dynamic relational database-driven interactive web site. The purpose of CephBase is to provide life history, distribution, images, catch and taxonomic data on all living species of cephalopods (octopus, squid, cuttlefish and nautilus).

The American Museum of Natural History maintains databases on invertebrates and vertebrates.

The Red Data Book for Asian birds offers download information about particular threatened species.

The Chicago Field Museum features interactive databases on birds, on Agaricales (mushrooms and related fungi) and ferns and high resolution scans of type specimens of the genus Erythroxylum (Erythroxylaceae).

The Smithsonian is the largest museum complex in the world. If the holdings of its various Archives and Libraries are included, there are more than 240 million objects in its collections. Of this number approximately 150 million are in the Museum collections. The On-Line Collections site is the portal through which these collections may be accessed.

The MABFlora (for vascular plants) and MABFauna (for vertebrate animals) databases contain records from over 740 protected areas in 103 countries. The MABFlora and MABFauna databases are continually updated as additional data are received. The databases have beed developed and are maintained by the Information Center for the Environment, in association with the Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programs of UNESCO and the United States.

World Biodiversity Information Network (REMIB) A computerized biological information system based on a decentralized inter-institutional academic organization formed by research centers and universities, both public and private, that possess both scientific biological collections and information banks.

The Biodiversity and Biological Collections Web Server is devoted to information of interest to systematists and other biologists of the organismic kind. The web contains information about specimens in biological collections, taxonomic authority files, directories of biologists, reports by various standards bodies (IOPI, ASC, SA2000, etc), an archive of the Taxacom, MUSE-L and CICHLID-L listservs), access to on-line journals (including Flora On-line) and information about MUSE and Delta.

AmphibiaWeb offers ready access to taxonomic information for every recognized species of amphibian in the world. Species descriptions, life history information, conservation status, literature references, photos and range maps are available for many species and are being added to regularly by specialists and volunteers from around the world.

The Carnivorous Plant Database Includes over 3000 entries giving an exhaustive nomenclatural synopsis of all carnivorous plants.

The Caterpillar Hostplants Database Offers a central facility to pool and permanently record rearing data of all Lepidoptera groups from anywhere in the world, providing a reference facility available worldwide through the Web.

The EMBL Reptile Database is intended to provide information on the classification of all living reptiles by listing all species and their pertinent higher taxa. The database therefore covers all living snakes, lizards, amphisbaenians and crocodiles.

FLORIN Information System An information system designed to deal with a wide range of data about plants: taxonomy and nomenclature, geographic distribution (incl. distribution maps generated automatically), herbarium and living collections, detailed information about plants collected in the wild, bibliographic data, plant images, etc

The International Plant Names Index (IPNI) A database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of all seed plants. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names.

The Mammal Species of the World (MSW) contains the names of the 4,629 currently recognized species of mammals, in a taxonomic hierarchy that includes Order, Family, Subfamily, and Genus.

AlgaeBase includes, at present, mainly information on the names, taxonomy and distribution of seaweeds belonging to the Cyanophycota, Rhodophycota, Phaeophycota and Chlorophycota; some information on seagrasses is included.

China Biodiversity offers a comprehensive search tool named China Species Information System which lets you search by Chinese Name, English Name, Latin Name. you can also search by taxon and endangered category. It also provides an Expert Search and a Nature Reserve Search Tool.

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