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Identification Tools for the Personal Bioblitz

Recommended Resources for Species Identification (111k PDF file)

This list includes books, online forums and Facebook groups, websites, and interactive keys.

  1. GROUP 1: Arranged by organismal group.
  2. GROUP 2: Arranged by specific geographic location.
  3. GROUP 3: Arranged by habitat with resources for any type of organism.

Links are given when available. Geographic area covered is listed in brackets [ ]. Informal or outdated names still used on iNaturalist are listed in quotes. The iNaturalist classification can be found here. Note that some of the Facebook groups are Closed Groups, you have to request to be added as a member.

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GROUP 1: By Organismal Group

All living things (Life)

Archaea and Eubacteria

Protists: Flagellates, Amoebas, Ciliates, Slime molds (single-celled, non-photosynthetic protists, "Protozoa")

Fungi: any kind, including lichens (Fungi)

Plants: Algae, any kind (non-natural grouping; including kelps, diatoms, seaweeds, etc.)

Plants: Mosses and liverworts (Bryophyta)

Plants: Ferns and fern allies, including lycopods

Plants: Seed plants (flowering plants and conifers)

Plants: Cultivated plants (indoor and outdoor)

Animals: Other arthropods and invertebrates (for example Myriapoda, Annelida, Platyhelminthes, Collembola)

Animals: Mollusks, snails, mussels, etc. (Mollusca)

Animals: Arachnids, spiders, mites, ticks, etc. (Arachneae)

Animals: Insects (Insecta)

Animals: Crabs, shrimps, and relatives? (Crustacea)

Animals: Sea anemones, corals (Cnidaria), sea urchins, sand dollars (Echinodermata), sponges (Porifera)

Animals: Ray-finned fishes (Actinopterygii), and sharks, rays, etc.

Animals: Ampibians (frogs, salamanders),. ?and reptiles (snakes, lizards, turtles, etc.)

Animals: Birds (Aves)

Animals: Mammals (Mammalia)

GROUP 2: By Specific Geographic Area


Central and South America

Eastern United States

New Jersey, USA


GROUP 3: By Habitat


Seashore and marine environments

List assembled by Lena Struwe and collaborators, 2017. (cc) Lena Struwe, 2017 (OK to share and copy)