'The Catalogue of Life (CoL) is the nearest thing to a comprehensive catalogue of all known species of organisms on Earth...The present Catalogue is compiled with sectors provided by 151 taxonomic databases from around the world.'
'The species list and hierarchy are from the Catalog of Life 2015; the endangered species are from the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2014.3;tThe invasive species are from the Global Invasive Species Database 2011.'
Each volume is available as an e-book and available at NORTH Reference QL 7 G7813 2003
v. 1. Lower metazoans and lesser deuterostomes/ Neil Schlager, editor -- v. 2. Protostomes/ Neil Schlager, editor -- v. 3. Insects/ Neil Schlager, editor -- v. 4-5. Fishes I-II/ Neil Schlager -- v. 6. Amphibians/ Neil Schlager, editor -- v. 8-11. Birds I-IV/ Donna Olendorf, project editor -- v. 12-16. Mammals I-V -- v. 17. Cumulative index.
'Created in 1948, IUCN is now the world’s largest and most diverse environmental network, harnessing the knowledge, resources and reach of more than 1,300 Member organisations and some 16,000 experts. It is a leading provider of conservation data, assessments and analysis.'
'The aim of a World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) is to provide an authoritative and comprehensive list of names of marine organisms, including information on synonymy. While highest priority goes to valid names, other names in use are included so that this register can serve as a guide to interpret taxonomic literature'