AmphibiaWeb is an online resource for anyone to search and retrieve information on amphibian biology, taxonomy, and conservation. We were motivated by the alarming global declines of amphibians, the study of which has been hindered by the lack of multidisciplinary studies and a lack of coordination in monitoring, in field studies, and in lab studies. We hope AmphibiaWeb will encourage a shared vision to collaboratively face the challenge of global amphibian declines and the conservation of remaining amphibians and their habitats.
We have the ambitious goal of establishing a "home page" for every species of amphibian in the world. To accomplish this goal, we employ the latest in biodiversity informatics and especially encourage volunteers and specialists to help us create species accounts. We incorporate original text from contributing partners for species where possible. If you have special interest in a particular species, please contact us.
AmphibiaWeb offers easy access to taxonomic information for every recognized species of amphibian in the world, including synonymies to alternative scientific names. We offer a consensus version of the evolutionary relationships or phylogeny among the major amphibian families. Species accounts are being added regularly by specialists and volunteers which include species descriptions, life history information, conservation status, literature references, photos and range maps for many species. Some species have complete accounts; others as yet have only photographs or distributions. All species can be queried for taxonomic, distributional and exact specimen data. AmphibiaWeb offers data-rich mapping by combining museum specimen data (via VertNet) with expert opinion range maps (from IUCN and by the MVZ Informatics Lab) and overlaying these onto political, satellite, hybrid, or terrain base maps.
Overseen by a coalition of researchers at University of California at Berkeley, San Francisco State University, University of Florida at Gainesville, University of Texas at Austin, and the California Academy of Sciences, among other partners, AmphibiaWeb is an ongoing collaboration between citizen scientists, students, and researchers around the world.
AmphibiaWeb currently (Nov 25, 2020) contains 8,250 species. We have 3,332 species accounts for 2,658 species, 7,672 literature references, 819 sound files, 120 video files, and 41,164 photos of 4,657 different amphibian species. These data come from numerous individuals--please see our acknowledgements page for information about our contributors.
Read more about how we think about AmphibiaWeb's taxonomy here.
AmphibiaWeb was created in conjunction with the Digital Library Project at the University of California, Berkeley. The technology used for viewing species information and photos continues to be supported and developed by the same programmer, Joyce Gross, now part of the Berkeley Natural History Museum Informatics team.
As part of the University of California, we are a U.S. non-profit 501(c)(3) organization, and all gifts are tax-deductible to the full extent of US law.
With appreciation, the AmphibiaWeb Team