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BioLib is an international encyclopedia of plants, fungi and animals.

Apart from taxonomic system you can visit our gallery, glossary, vernacular names dictionary, database of links and literature, systems of biotopes, discussion forum and several other functions related to biology.

It is a non-commercial educational project intended to be used both by experts and general public. Its content can be expanded by user contributions.

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2017-01-14 11:59:30

By default, only nine images were displayed on species pages, regardless of their content. We have improved species pages by sorting images by tags and displaying extra three images for each selected type of photo, such as juvenile animal, egg, larval stages, nest, skull, fruit or bark. Check this new function on pages such as Western European Hedgehog, Old World Swallowtail or Scots Pine.

2008-12-20 21:06:45

We redesigned the main page of BioLib. You'll find there an image of the day box and random tips on how to use BioLib more effectively, links to some important functions and - like before - brief statistics, news and history of changes.

We believe that the new main page is a change for the better and we can finally get rid of the two years old "news" haunting the previous version of main page.

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Number of records

Extant species:1,410,891
Fossil species:43,277
Scientific names:683,436
Vernacular names:430,665
Terms in glossary:6,855

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Tips - Function "SHOW INFO"

Most of the pages on this site have "SHOW INFO" link in upper section of the page (such as this one, try clicking on it). If you have JavaScript enabled, clicking on this link will display extended system information about page and records on it. It displays for example valid page URL, example of text function, ID of a record, author and time of creation and last change of record and so on.

For users with disabled JavaScript it is possible to use Settings and select automatic expanding of system information block.

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Brief history of changes

Ondřej Zicha   [2019-12-13 10:33:17]

Image of the same species by the same author

Image detail now also shows images of the same species or subspecies by the same photograph. It is now also easier to relate images of the same object (for example photo of leaves and flower of the same plant)
Ondřej Zicha   [2017-01-14 12:08:12]

Changes in scientific name formating

Scientific names of families, orders and other taxa in higher taxonomy are now displayed in regular font, while italics are still used for genera, species and lower taxonomic ranks. Names of cultivars and parts of scientific name denominating taxonomic rank (subsp., f., var. and so on) are without italics as well.

For this we had to update hundreds lines of code in hundreds different functions, sorry it took us so long! Please report if you find any mistakes in names formatting (or elsewhere).
Ondřej Zicha   [2017-01-14 12:03:26]

Adding citations for taxonomy managers is easier now

When working with specific source for adding new species, synonymy, common names or checklist data, it is now a lot of easier to add citations for this source. Just visit the source page in links and literature database, click on "Work with reference" and this source will be automatically used in related citation forms.

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