• Western Grey Kangaroo (Macropus fuliginosus) foraging at Flinders Range National Park in South Australia
    Western Grey Kangaroo foraging at Flinders Range National Park in South Australia

Animal Taxonomy and Photo Album Collections

There are estimated to be around 1 to 2 million animals on the planet. Science has only described a small proportion of these species. These webpages feature a small selection that I photographed in their natural habitat. All the animals were free and unrestrained in their natural or adopted habitat. I exclude animals, which have a dependency on man for food, such as zoos.

Photo Album Collections

I’m arranging the photo album collections into two groups; vertebrates and invertebrates. The vertebrate group comprises Class Mammalia (Mammals), Reptilia (Reptiles), Aves (Birds) and Amphibia (Amphibians). In contrast, the second invertebrate group contains Class Insecta (Insects), Arachnida (Spiders) together with Malacostraca (Crabs) and Gastropoda (Snails and Slugs).

Mammalia (Mammals) Taxonomy and Identification

The first album collection displays mammals, and there are around 6,500 recognised mammal species. The IUCN Red List of Threatened Species lists 5899 while the Animal Diversity Web (ADW) 2013 and Mammal Species of the World, 3rd edition 2005 database lists around 5,000 species. The IUCN and ADW are my primary taxonomy and identification reference sources for Mammalia.

Reptilia (Reptiles) Taxonomy and Identification

Class Aves (Birds) share a common ancestor with Class Reptilia (Reptiles) both placed in phylum Chordata (vertebrate animals). Although Aves is part of Class Reptilia, all my bird album collections feature in a dedicated top-level section rather than under animals.

References: Online Resources

1. The International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species. 2020. [Online] Available from: http://www.iucnredlist.org/ [Accessed 28-Jul-20].
2. Animal Diversity Web (ADW) (2013). An online database of animal natural history, distribution, classification, and conservation biology at the University of Michigan. [Online] Available from: http://animaldiversity.org/ [Accessed 28-Jul-20]. ADW Authorities [Online] Available from: https://animaldiversity.org/animal_names/authorities/ [Accessed 28-Jul-20].
3. Wilson & Reader’s Mammal Species of the World (MSW3), 3rd edition [Online]. Available from: https://www.departments.bucknell.edu/biology/resources/msw3/ [Accessed 28-Jul-20]. Bucknell University hosts it.
4. The Reptile Database (2020). The database provides a catalogue of all living reptile species and their classification. [Online] Available from: http://www.reptile-database.org/ [Accessed 28-Jul-20].

Bibliography: Online Resources

1. Kangaroo Trail Fact Sheets. [Online] Available from: http://www.rootourism.com/fact.htm [Accessed 13-Aug-20].
2. Marine Species Identification Portal (no date). [Online] Available from: http://species-identification.org/index.php [Accessed 15-Aug-20].
3. Odo-nutters. Odonata, Dragonflies and Damselflies. [Online] Available from: https://www.odonata.org.uk/ [Accessed 15-Aug-20].
4. iNaturalist.org. [Online] Available from: http://www.inaturalist.org [Accessed 28-Jul-20].
5. Catalogue of Life (CoL). 2020. [Online] Available from: http://www.catalogueoflife.org [Accessed 28-Jul-20]. Annual Checklist http://www.catalogueoflife.org/annual-checklist/2019/ [Accessed 28-Jul-20].
6. Encyclopaedia of Life (EOL). Global access to knowledge about life on Earth. [Online] Available from: http://eol.org/ [Accessed 28-Jul-20]. Hosted by Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History [Online] Available from: https://www.si.edu/ [Accessed 28-Jul-20].
7. Global Biodiversity Information Facility. [Online] Available from: http://www.gbif.org/. Explore Species http://www.gbif.org/species [Accessed 28-Jul-20].
8. Integrated Taxonomic Information System. [Online] Available from: https://www.itis.gov/ [Accessed 28-Jul-20].

Bibliography: Printed Resources (Books)

1. Martin, S. (2010). Bradt Australian Wildlife: A Visitor’s Guide. Bradt Pubns.
South America
2. Fitter, J., Fitter, D., Hosking, D., Withers, M. and O’Dwyer, S. (2015). Wildlife of the Galapagos. 2nd ed. London: William Collins.
3. Swash, A. and Still, R. (2005). Birds, mammals, & reptiles of the Galápagos Islands. 2nd ed. London: Christopher Helm.