Taxonomy is a living area of biological sciences and includes two major tasks, the establishment and use of taxa, names allocated to organisms, and the allocation of Linnean ranks to those taxa. As knowledge grows and as new organisms are discovered, taxonomy necessarily changes, and so any taxonomy can never be definitive. Rather, taxonomies can be viewed as working hypotheses. There are several on-going approaches to taxonomy and there is not a general agreement among different workers as to which taxonomy is to be preferred. We live in an era of Linnean taxonomy, which has a long history and is subject to international rules that have been agreed upon by representatives of the biological research community.
Amphibia Mundi is a publication series of taxonomic catalogues and lists that allow users of taxonomic data to stay in touch with the "state of the art" of amphibian taxonomy, as envisioned by one group of workers. As a service to users of AmphibiaWeb, we make available downloadable files of this important publication series, courtesy of the editor and author or coauthor of the first numbers, Professor Alain Dubois of the National Museum of Natural History in Paris, France.
Introduction to Amphibia Mundi. This file contains background information concerning the
establishment and goals of the Amphibia Mundi program.
Amphibia Mundi: call for contributions.
Alytes, 2004, 21 (3-4) 171-173
Amphibia Mundi I. This file contains the first number of Amphibia Mundi, which
is a working taxonomy of the living amphibians and their fossil relatives, down to the subgeneric level.
The higher nomenclature of recent amphibians
Alytes, 2004, 22 (1-2) 1-14
Amphibia Mundi II. This file contains new names proposed for amphibians between 1981 and 2002, with commentary.
Amphibia Mundi 1.2: Recent amphibians: generic and infrageneric taxonomic additions (1981-2002)
Alytes, 2004, 23 (1-2) 25-69
Amphibia Mundi III. This file contains new names at the suprageneric level proposed
for amphibians between 1967 and 2002, with commentary.
Amphibia Mundi 1.3: Suprageneric taxonomic additions
Alytes, 2004, 23 (1-2) 70-80
Alytes, the International Journal of Batrachology is a scientific Open-Access journal totally dedicated to amphibians. The journal publishes papers on all the aspects of biology, natural history and conservation when related to this class.
Alytes is the official publication of the International Society for the Study and Conservation of Amphibians (ISSCA). Created in 1982, it is the only association totally and exclusively dedicated to amphibians, a class of vertebrates which is featured by its own characteristics. For this, ISSCA promotes the science of batrachology.
ISSCA collaborates with the IUCN SSC Amphibian Specialist Group-- Read more about ISSCA and Alytes.