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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:664,478
Vernacular names:428,837
Terms in glossary:6,847

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Tips - How to restrict BioLib to a taxonomic group

If you're interested only in certain taxonomic group, for example only plants or even more narrow group, you can restrict some of the functions (such as Search function) to the selected group - so that for example only species of plants are returned in search results.

Taxon restriction (filtering) can be set in Settings function. This way you will restrict functions globally, BioLib will remember the settings and use it on all functions that can be restricted to taxonomic group. These functions can be also restricted locally, for example for one single search, and the filter is lost when you leave the function.

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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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