EOL Pages: Utilizing EOL as a resource forinformation about life on earth
What is the Encyclopedia of Life?The Encyclopedia of Life is a collaborative effortamong scientist and the general public to bringinformation together about all 1.9 million namedand known species, in a common format, freelyavailable on the internet.
Content PartnersEOL serves species information from authoritative content partners, individuals scientists,citizen scientists, students and the general public. Below are some of our content partners: ..and many more
Taxon Pages Information for each species on EOL is aggregated from hundreds of content partners into a common template called a Taxon Page. Each tab on the taxon page contains different content.Overview Tab
Detailed Information Taxon pages contain detailed information about the taxa is available in the Detail Tab.Details Tab
Media Images, video + sounds can be found in the Media Tab.Media Tab
MapsOccurrence data provided by GBIF (Global Biodiversity Information Facility) and other maps can be found in the Map Tab.
Names + ClassificationsThe EOL collection can be browsed based on a number of different taxonomichierarchies which are featured in the Overview and Names Tabs of every EOL taxonpage. All taxonomic hierarchies featured on EOL are expert-vetted.
CommunityLook in the Community Tab to interact with others interested in the same taxa by viewing or creating a virtual collection or community.
ResourcesLinks to other resources e.g. Identification resources can be found in the Resources Tab.
LiteratureIn the Literature Tab you will find references provided by content partners and links to literature from the Biodiversity Heritage Library.
Biodiversity Heritage Library LiteratureThe Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) is a consortium of natural history and botanicallibraries that cooperate to digitize and make freely accessible the legacy literature ofbiodiversity held in their collections. Find BHL literature under the Literature Tab on eachtaxon page.
Searching on EOLYou can search for species by common name or scientific name. You can also search forEOL Collections and Communities. You can filter your search results by content type. Filter your search by content type
Trusted and Unreviewed ContentEOL serves both trusted and unreviewed content. You can filter your results to showonly one type of content.
EOL Content PrioritiesYou may come across a taxon page with no information. This is because we do not have a contentprovider for this taxa yet. EOL has determined that many of these pages are of high priority and isreaching out to faculty that teach higher level courses, about the opportunity of having undergraduateand graduate students research and synthesize information about species on EOL’s high priority taxa listand then summarize this information in an overview or taxon page suitable for the general public.
SupportEOL is supported by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation andthe Alfred P. Sloan Foundation and the following institutions:Atlas of Living AustraliaBiodiversity Heritage LibraryChinese Academy of SciencesLa Comisión Nacional para el Conocimiento y Uso de la Biodiversidad (CONABIO)Field Museum of Natural HistoryHarvard UniversityEl Instituto Nacional de Biodiversidad (INBio)Marine Biological LaboratoryMissouri Botanical GardenNCB Naturalis - the Netherlands Centre for BiodiversityNew Library of AlexandriaSmithsonian InstitutionSouth African National Biodiversity Institution (SANBI)
More InformationEncyclopedia of Lifewww.eol.orgEOL Learning + Educationhttp://education.eol.org/Questions?Email: education(at)eol.org