Taxonomy is the backbone of effective conservation. It provides us with standardized ways to name and refer to organisms, and illustrates how different organisms are related to one another. However, like all scientific disciplines, taxonomy evolves over time as we acquire new data and make discoveries. As a result, conservation practitioners and natural resources managers need an easy, reliable way to keep track of changes in nomenclature.
About the Fauna
The Fauna of Alaska is a synonymized, taxonomic checklist of vertebrates in Alaska. It includes the accepted names of all non-fish vertebrates in Alaska, and includes synonyms, misapplied names, and spelling variants. With time, we hope to develop a comprehensive list of synonyms and include taxonomic data for subspecies. Please reach out with any feedback or questions.
Alaska Species Ranking System – Conservation assessments for vertebrates of Alaska.
Flora of Alaska – Taxonomic checklist of vascular plants of Alaska.
GitHub Repository – For all the octocat fans. 🐙🐱
The Fauna of Alaska builds upon some awesome, existing resources by the Alaska Center for Conservation Science and the University of Alaska Museum. The Fauna is compiled by staff at the Alaska Center for Conservation Science with support from the Alaska Department of Fish & Game’s Threatened, Endangered, and Diversity Program and the University of Alaska Anchorage.
You can cite the Fauna of Alaska project as:
Droghini, A (ed.). 2021. Fauna of Alaska. Available: https://faunaofalaska.org