Thursday, May 17, 2012

Map of Life - Demo Version

Pacific tree frog
Folks interested in ecology, the environment, geography and evolution take note. The Map of Life, which recently launched in "demo" mode, has launched, with the goal to show the global distribution of all plants and animals. In its current format, users can click on a region of a map and retrieve a list of terrestrial vertebrate species (as well as North American freshwater fish) in that area. Data is culled from field guides, museum collections, reports from wildlife scientists, conservation organizations and "citizen scientists." Coverage will be extended to more vertebrates, plants and invertebrates in future releases.

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