AmphibiaWeb is an online system enabling any user to search and retrieve information relating to amphibian biology and conservation. This site was motivated by the global declines of amphibians, the study of which has been hindered by the lack of multidisplinary 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 encourage volunteers and specialists to help us prepare species accounts. If you have special interest in a particular species, please contact us.
AmphibiaWeb offers ready access to taxonomic information for every recognized species of amphibian in the world. Species accounts are being added regularly by specialists and volunteers and they contain 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 a powerful mapping tool 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.
AmphibiaWeb currently (Aug 18, 2018) contains 7,917 species. We have 3,259 species accounts for 2,595 species, 7,214 literature references, 804 sound files, 121 video files, and 38,351 photos of 4,465 different amphibian species. These data come from numerous individuals--please see our acknowledgements page for information about our contributors.
See information on 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