Commons:Identifying organisms

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Identification of organisms is an important item when it comes to nominating images for one of the valuation processes on Commons. Of course we can not all be biologists and even the latter have their own specializations. This page aims at providing links and other means of support to those who want to know what organism exactly they have captured on their photograph.

Internet sites[edit]

Picture sites[edit]

Here you can compare your picture with pictures on the internet. Beware, this is not an infallible method.

Animals[edit]

Plants[edit]

Fungi[edit]

Keys[edit]

Very reliable for those familiar with identification keys or willing to learn it.

Animals[edit]

  • EUROHERP — Key to adult European amphibians and reptiles.
  • European Limnofauna — Families of freshwater macro-invertebrates of north-western Europe.
  • 1000 Insects — Over 1000 insects described from Belgium and the Netherlands, with key to the families.

Plants[edit]

Fungi[edit]

  • NA Russulales — A synoptic key to the species of Russula in North America

Forums[edit]

On forums you can ask questions and (often) post pictures. Lots of knowledgeable people frequent these sites.

Animals[edit]

Plants[edit]

Fungi[edit]

Databases[edit]

Not really for identifications:

Literature[edit]

Animals[edit]

Plants[edit]

  • Delforge P. (2006). Orchids of Europe, North Africa and the Middle East. A&C Black • London. 640pp.

Fungi[edit]

Specialists[edit]

For specific groups it is hard to find information on the internet or in libraries. A proven solution is to look up a taxonomist via the internet and send him/her the picture concerned together with location and date. This is particularly handy when dealing with insects.