Biota - Good Pictures Online

Enjoy the photos! This section has been growing organically over the past months. The galleries will keep being re-organised from time to time. Most photos can be purchased for private and commercial use.

The photos mainly serve the purpose to inspire. To discover and reveal the secrets of life that are relevant to you - you will need to immerse yourself, in nature. Remember: "Biotaxa are like words: they are an essential part of grasping different cultures and concepts. Linking them is what brings them to life." Patrik Good, 2016

Please be aware that I am NOT a taxonomist and discourage from relying on my identifications. They may be wrong and some are simply missing. I don't have time to look into all taxonomic groups. Any friendly input is greatly appreciated. Feel free to contribute and notify me of any errors. I will try to respond but don't expect a fast reply or an extensive discussion with me.

An here are some pictures of animals that I am quite keen to get an identification on:

Note: For the moment, I arranged the kingdoms and various phyla according to the number of species described. I refer to the estimate as stated in the Catalogue of Life(as of 10/4/2017). The numbers are:
Arthropoda: 1'214'295
- Insecta 1'013'825
----- Coleoptera 392'415
----- Diptera 160'591
----- Lepidoptera 158'000
----- Hymenoptera 155'517
----- Hemiptera 104'000
- Arachnida 101'615
- Malacostraca 40'200 
Plantae: 382'000
Fungi: 140'000
Mollusca: 80'000
Worms (Annelida, Nematoda, Platyhelminthes): ~71'000
Chordata: 49'693
Bacteria: 10'358
Cnidaria: 10'105
Porifera: 8'346
Echinodermata: 7509
Bryozoa: 5'486


In zoology one sometimes gets the impression that 99% of effort and funding flows into birds, fish, and a few mammals. The numbers:

Fish: ~ 33'000
Birds: 10'357
Mammalia: 5'853

These figures can be understood as advocacy for invertebrate zoology, and the silent stars of life forms.

A link to an article about global species estimates can be found here

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