Living World


* Animal Welfare
* Birds
* Plants


* Amphibian Species of the World
Comprehensive database of amphibians includes mention of over 35,000 species. Each species account includes the class, order, family, and genus, as well as mention of the common name and the species' distribution. From the American Museum of Natural History - Department of Herpetology
* Animal Diversity Web
ADW is a large searchable encyclopedia of the natural history of animals. Thousands of species accounts about individual animal species.
* Aquatic Biodiversity & Biosecurity Update
This electronic newsletter is produced by the National Centre for Aquatic Biodiversity and Biosecurity. Articles range from the discovery of a giant octopus to distribution of native fish in New Zealand waterways, and from detection of introduced marine species to biosecurity threats to geothermal streams.
* ARKive
ARKive is the Noah's Ark for the Internet era - a unique global initiative, gathering together into one centralised digital library, films, photographs and audio recordings of the world's species.
* Atlas of New Zealand Freshwater Fishes
The purpose of this atlas is to help non-experts identify New Zealand's freshwater fish and learn about their life cycles and distribution patterns.
* BugKey
Guide to insects and mites of pipfruit and stonefruit.
* Endeavour botanical illustrations
The voyage of HMS Endeavour (1768-1771) was the first devoted exclusively to scientific discovery. This site presents most of the botanical drawings and engravings prepared by artist Sydney Parkinson before his untimely death at sea, and by other artists back in England working from Parkinson's initial sketches. From the Natural History Museum, London.
* Fauna of New Zealand
* Fish finder - Atlas of New Zealand Freshwater Fishes
* Freshwater Biodata Information System (FBIS)
Freshwater Biodata Information System contains fish, algae, aquatic plant and invertebrate data and metadata gathered from New Zealand's freshwater streams, rivers and lakes.
* Frogs
Information about New Zealand native frogs and conservation efforts from the Department of Conservation.
* Frogs at Risk
Traces the change in attitude towards frogs from the ‘truly loathsome creatures’ of the 18th Century to the present understanding that not only are they important environmental biomonitors, but comprise a ‘beautiful array of varied, colourful, harmless and often comical creatures’. They do however face a threatened future and the question is: will they survive the 21st century?
* Frogs in New Zealand
Information from Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand on frogs in New Zealand.
* Global Invasive Species Database (GISD)
Global Invasive Species Database (GISD) aims to increase awareness about invasive alien species and to facilitate effective prevention and management activities.
* Insects and Spiders of New Zealand/Aotearoa
Designed for year 2-6 students and their teachers, this site provides information on the "creepy crawlies" of Aotearoa. Viewable in English and Te Reo Maori.
* International Marine Mammal Association
Dedicated to the conservation of marine mammals and their habitats worldwide, through research and education.
* International Whaling Commission (IWC)
Set up under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946. Aims to provide for the proper conservation of whale stocks and thus make possible the orderly development of the whaling industry.
* International Wildlife Coalition
The International Wildlife Coalition is dedicated to public education, research, rescue, rehabilitation, litigation, legislation and international treaty negotiations concerning global wildlife and natural habitat protection issues.
* Invertebrates
Gateway to images and information about specimens and species in the New Zealand Arthropod Collection (NZAC).
* Kararehe kino / Vertebrate pest research
Formerly known as He Korero Paihama / Possum Research Newsletter.
* Monarch Butterflies in Christchurch
Where do they go in winter in Christchurch. Includes map showing wintering over locations. From Christchurch City Council. Has not been updated for some time but is still a helpful guide.
* New Zealand entomologist
New Zealand Entomologist is a refereed journal that publishes articles by New Zealand entomologists and papers that are of significance to New Zealand entomology in all its aspects, including arachnids and other terrestrial arthropods. It is the official publication of the Entomological Society of New Zealand
* New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database (NZFFD)
The New Zealand Freshwater Fish Database (NZFFD) records the occurrence of fish in fresh waters of New Zealand, including major offshore islands.
* New Zealand Freshwater Sciences Society
Aims to establish effective liaison between all persons interested in any aspect of fresh and brackish water research in New Zealand, and to encourage and promote these interests.
* New Zealand Frog Research Groups
Information on frogs (Litoria and Leiopelma) in New Zealand including frog research, frog diseases and frog conservation.
* New Zealand Native Freshwater Fish Society
Information about fish and other animals in New Zealand creeks, rivers and streams
* Pest Fish (Freshwater)
There are 22 species of introduced fish in New Zealand. This is a lot considering that New Zealand has only got 39 species of native fish. Like all introduced species, they have some impact, but some cause more problems than others. From the Department of Conservation.
* Project Jonah Whale Rescue
* Sea Shepherd Conservation Society
Non-profit non-governmental organization involved with the investigation and documentation of violations of international laws, regulations, and treaties protecting marine wildlife species.
* Soil Bugs
An illustrated guide to New Zealand soil invertebrates - information on New Zealand soil and litter invertebrates, their diversity, biology, ecosystem role, and conservation status. All pages are illustrated with photographs of living animals.
* Weta
The Weta is the New Zealand Entomological Society's news bulletin containing articles on entomological observations, techniques, reviews, and events. Full text from
* What is this bug?
A guide to common invertebrates of New Zealand.
* Wildlife New Zealand
* World Council of Whalers
The United Voice of Whaling Peoples
* WorldFish Center - FishBase Project
Mulit-lingual fish identification database