Zoology -- Reptiles & Amphibians


QL 645 Reptiles and Amphibians. Classification. Nomenclature

EMBL Reptile Database

Classification of Living Reptiles, also known as the EMBL Reptile Database, is sponsored by the European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL) and is a database "...intended to provide information on the classification of all living reptiles by listing all species and their pertinent higher taxa. If available, more detailed information or links to such sources are provided as well. The database is supposed to be a source of taxonomic data, thus providing primarily (scientific) names, synonyms, distributions and related data."
Access to the site's sponsor, EMBL, is provided through a link at the top of the site. Likewise, access to database-related links are given -- to a general information area, to a group of distribution maps, to a comments area and user statistics information, to a list of references used within the site, to related reptile WWW links, and to search information. Below this links area, the user will find the site's table of contents. Titles noted here are direct links to their further subtopics within the site's main pages. Major subclasses featured in the site are: (1) Anapsida; (2) Lepidosauria; and (3) Archosauria. Users should consult the site for the comprehensive subtopic listings within each subclass. A link is also provided, in the table of contents, for a companion page on living and extinct reptiles, sponsored by EMBL.
Within a given subclass, the user will find listings of reptile families. Selecting a topic then reveals its query page. Here, selecting the genus name (displayed on the page) opens a list of applicable species. Selecting a species name then reveals the final record: (1) species name; (2) synonyms; (3) subspecies; (4) family; (5) distribution; (6) comments; and (7) references. Selecting the search link within the query pages reveals the list of search instructions for the site.
The site is maintained by Peter Uetz and Thure Etzold; European Molecular Biology Lab (EMBL); Heidelberg, Germany.
To Search:
Select family name from table of contents. Select genus name from query page; then select species name to view complete record.