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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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Petrogale lateralis - Black-footed Rock Wallaby

Author: Roland Wirth

Number of records

Scientific names:534072
Vernacular names:382282
Terms in glossary:5386

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Tips - Tagging of photos of cultivated plants, reared animals and specimen collections

If you are uploading a photograph of a plant grown at home or in glasshouse or botanical garden please link the image with cultivated plant tag. Similarly, use tag reared animal for domestic animals or animals kept in zoo, and tag collection specimen for the image from collection of specimens of plants, fungi or animals.

Differentiation of such images from photos of freely occurring specimens is very important for correct identification of the species and it is also needed for automatical check whether the photographed specimen is found in checklist of country linked to the image - such controls will help us in the future to check the correctness of that determination or whether there are species missing in the checklists

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Brief history of changes

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.
Ondřej Zicha   [2016-07-24 21:16:21]

Distinguishing larval/adult stages in interspecific relations

It is now possible to specify whether certain food relations apply only to larval or adult stages. For example adult stage of some beetle might have different host plant preferences than its larva.

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