FaunaNet is an online gateway to resources and expertise in biodiversity and conservation. The Australian Museum's Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Research (CBCR) has coordinated the resources of FaunaNet into five modules.The site is here.
The Australian Museum has unique and extensive collections of natural science and cultural artefacts. The Museum's Centre for Biodiversity and Conservation Research (CBCR) is committed to the investigation and conservation of biodiversity. The internet provides a powerful means for the Centre to communicate its research results, and to provide both the scientific and broader communities with access to information on the biodiversity of NSW. To this end CBCR has developed a website dealing specifically with the Fauna of NSW - called FaunaNet. FaunaNet includes the following components:
FaunaNames provides easy access to the New South Wales Master Names List (MNL). The MNL is a list of the valid scientific names of animals found in New South Wales. It is the ideal tool for taxonomists, systematists, biologists and ecologists to access knowledge of the scientific nomenclature and classification of the fauna of New South Wales. CANRI funding assisted in the development of this site.
FaunaMap is the Australian Museum's online fauna mapping system. Through FaunaMap the user can: create maps showing the collecting location of specimens held in the Australian Museum fauna collection and obtain a list of the species held in the AM collections, from specific Local Government Areas, Bioregions, National Parks or Mapsheets.
A database of resources focused on the field of invertebrate research and discovery. The database includes websites, books, CD's, journals and online keys, as well as organisations devoted to invertebrate research and conservation.
This site provides access to a range of taxonomic keys for identifying selected invertebrate and vertebrate groups in New South Wales and Australia. The illustrated interactive keys combined with information pages and photo images of taxa provide hands-on education for both beginners and professionals in the field. CANRI funding assisted in the development of these keys.
Wildlife of Sydney
Wildlife of Sydney provides natural history information on a wide variety of animals that might be encountered in and around Sydney. The site allows Sydneysiders and visitors access to information about the great biodiversity that surrounds them. As well as about 400 species profiles the site describes the habitats where the animals and has a number of interactive features including games and a quiz which are based on aspects of the animal's biology or an ecological theme.