When I visited in March of 2004, this extraordinary fish database claimed to
be getting around 9 million hits a month, and to have 35900 photos of 28400
species of fish. It's an excellent way of identifying fish,
either by following the
"identification" link at the top of the front page, or by typing a
family name like "butterflyfish" into the
"common name" field on the front page. The site is definitely
slanted towards academic research, but it has some wonderful photos in
the Best Photos
of the Month section. It allows you to search in several
different languages, including Russian, Greek and Arabic. Last
visited in April of 2006.
itself as the "Fish Information Service", this website has a database with
hundreds of good photos of fish and other marine life, listed by type of
fish, by common name and by Latin name. The marine
fish by type sections have very good photo galleries of all the types
of fish belong to different families, like "angelfish", "eels", "sharks"
and so on, making identification of unknown fish a breeze.
Scuba Equipment USA
This scuba equipment retailer wouldn't rate a mention except for their excellent
species gallery, with separate sections for fish, crustaceans, nudibranchs
(197 images at 30 images per page), anemones, corals, mammals and other
categories of life from around the world. The species accounts
have the best write-up of any website I've seen anywhere. Last
visited in April of 2006.
Like me, Paddy Ryan is a New Zealander now living in the United States. His website doesn't
have information about the photos apart from the name of the animal, but there are worthwhile galleries of
sea slugs and snails,
Click the photo to see the gallery. Last visited in January of 2011.
website has great photo galleries which can help you identify various types
of creature including sea cucumbers.
Marine Life Images
This stock photography website contains galleries of photos from the Pacific
Ocean, the Caribbean and the Galapagos Islands (funny, I thought they were
in the Pacific!). The website isn't as slick as some others,
but the galleries can certainly be useful if you need to identify something
Yahoo underwater life website links
categorized list of about 650 websites devoted to all facets of underwater
description of the Poppe Images website.
description of the Scuba Equipment USA website.
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are sea slugs or nudibranchs. I didn't want to immediately
present you with the whole name of this website because I thought it might
put you off - it's called "Opistobranchs from the Mediterranean and Elsewhere",
which is a silly name, since "the Mediterranean and Elsewhere" is everywhere,
isn't it? Anyway, as you can tell it's obviously spread its
wings, because it's now got nudibranchs from all over the world.
It might also be offputting to learn that this website is based in Germany,
but in fact it has dual German and English sections. The photo
galleries are really well put together, and exceptionally useful when you're
looking for a particular sea slug, but there's no description of the species
in the galleries.
Wakeling's website has galleries from her foreign trips, featuring
life both above water and below the surface. The site includes
nudibranch photo gallery with a total of 181 thumbnail photos displayed
at 40 thumbnails per page, together with the scientific name of each species.
The photos are gorgeous in their own right and it's useful also if you
want to identify nudibranchs that you've seen. Last visited
in November of 2008.
description of the Dive-Oz website.
website sponsored by the Australian Museum Online is oriented towards the
scientific community rather than lay people and, as with many such biology
websites, it provides a
large linked list of nudibranchs rather than a gallery, which makes
using this website for identification very tiresome. The main
value for regular people is likely to be the
forums, where you can post photos of nudibranchs to enquire about what
species they are, and the
long and well-annotated list of other nudibranch websites.