Biology is my lifelong love and undergrad degree. I'm also particularly fond of Australia and the American mid/southwest. Someday I'll move to SA and farm potoroos, but in the meantime I'm a freelance scientific illustrator based in California. (my profile pic is by the famous naturalist/illustrator John Gould, however)

I'm only just starting to get into arthropods, so ID help there is especially welcome.

Some favorite identification sources (and always looking for more if anyone has recommendations):
USDA Plants Database
The Sibley Guide to Birds [North America]
Kaufman Field Guide to Mammals of North America
Dragonflies of the Southwest
Plant Galls of California and Other Western States (Russo)
The Jepson Manual: Higher Plants of California
California Herps
Hawai'i's Sea Creatures (Hoover)
The Ultimate Guide to Hawai'ian Reef Fishes (Hoover)
Insects of Hawaii
Reef Coral/Creature/Fish Identification: Florida Caribbean Bahamas (Humann & DeLoach)

Reef Creature/Fish ID: Tropical Pacific (Humann & DeLoach)
A Complete Guide to Reptiles of Australia (Wilson & Swan)
The Field Guide to the Birds of Australia (Pizzey & Knight)
Mammals of Australia (Strahan)
FloraBase: Western Australian Flora
PlantNET: NSW FloraOnline
Key to Tasmanian Vascular Plants
Victorian Drosera and Utricularia (though not all names are up to date)
Field Guide to the Mangroves of Queensland (pdf)
Interactive Australian Dragonfly Identification Key

NZ Butterfly
NZ Bumblebees

Collins/Princeton Birds of Europe (Svensson, Mullarney, & Zetterstrom)
Botanical Society of the British Isles: Find Wild Flowers

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Four-eyed Fish - Photo (c) Ruben Undheim, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Four-eyed Fish Info
The four-eyed fishes are a genus, Anableps, of fishes in the family Anablepidae. They have eyes raised above the top of the head and divided in two different parts, so that they can see below and above the water surface at the same time. Like their relatives, the onesided livebearers, four-eyed fishes only mate on one side, right-"handed" males with left-"handed" females and vice versa. These fish inhabit freshwater and brackishwater and are only rarely coastal... (From Wikipedia)
Bettongs, Potoroos, and Rat-kangaroos - Photo (c) Leo, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Bettongs, Potoroos, and Rat-kangaroos Info
The marsupial family Potoroidae includes the bettongs, potoroos, and two of the rat-kangaroos. All are rabbit-sized, brown, jumping marsupials and resemble a large rodent or a very small wallaby. (From Wikipedia)
Flying Fishes - Photo (c) Patrick Coin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Flying Fishes Info
Exocoetidae is a family of marine fish in the order Beloniformes of class Actinopterygii. Fish of this family are known as flying fish. There are about sixty-four species grouped in seven to nine genera. Flying fish can make powerful, self-propelled leaps out of water into air, where their long, wing-like fins enable gliding flight for considerable distances above the water's surface. This uncommon ability is a natural defense mechanism to evade predators. (From Wikipedia)
Whale Shark - Photo (c) Mark Rosenstein, all rights reserved C
Whale Shark Info
The whale shark (Rhincodon typus) is a slow-moving filter feeding shark and the largest known extant fish species. The largest confirmed individual had a length of 12.65 metres (41.50 ft) and a weight of more than 21.5 metric tons (47,000 lb), and there are unconfirmed reports of considerably larger whale sharks. Claims of individuals over 14 metres (46 ft) long and weighing at least 30 metric tons (66,000 lb) are not uncommon. The whale shark holds many records for sheer... (From Wikipedia)
Common Nighthawk - Photo (c) Jerry Oldenettel, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Common Nighthawk Info
The Common Nighthawk (Chordeiles minor) is a medium-sized crepuscular or nocturnal bird, whose presence and identity are best revealed by its vocalization. Typically dark (grey, black and brown), displaying cryptic colouration and intricate patterns, this bird becomes invisible by day. Once aerial, with its buoyant but erratic flight, this bird is most conspicuous. The most remarkable feature of this aerial insectivore is its small beak belies the massiveness of its mouth. Some claim appearance similarities to... (From Wikipedia)
Pinguiculas y perritos de agua - Photo (c) Kai Yan,  Joseph Wong, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Pinguiculas y perritos de agua Info
Lentibulariaceae, the bladderwort family, is a family of carnivorous plants containing three genera: Genlisea, the corkscrew plants; Pinguicula, the butterworts; and Utricularia, the bladderworts. (From Wikipedia)
Stylidiaceae - Photo (c) Kate's Photo Diary, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Stylidiaceae Info
The family Stylidiaceae is a taxon of dicotyledonous flowering plants. It consists of five genera with over 240 species, most of which are endemic to Australia and New Zealand. Members of Stylidiaceae are typically grass-like herbs or small shrubs and can be perennials or annuals. Most species are free standing or self-supporting, though a few can be climbing or scrambling (Stylidium scandens uses leaf tips recurved into hooks to climb). (From Wikipedia)
Droseraceae - Photo (c) Paul Huber, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-ND) CC
Droseraceae Info
The Droseraceae are a family of flowering plants. The family is also known as the sundew family. (From Wikipedia)
Onychophorans - Photo (c) Bruno Vellutini, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA) CC
Onychophorans Info
The velvet worms (Onychophora — literally "claw bearers", also known as Protracheata) are a minor ecdysozoan phylum with ~180 species. These obscurely segmented organisms have tiny eyes, antennae, multiple pairs of legs and slime glands. They have variously been compared to worms with legs, caterpillars and slugs. Most common in tropical regions of the Southern Hemisphere, they prey on smaller animals such as insects, which they catch by squirting an adhesive mucus. In modern zoology, they are (From Wikipedia)
Old World pitcher plants - Photo (c) Jack Wolf, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND) CC
Old World pitcher plants Info
Nepenthes (/nɨˈpɛnθiːz/), popularly known as tropical pitcher plants or monkey cups, is a genus of carnivorous plants in the monotypic family Nepenthaceae. The genus comprises roughly 140 species, and numerous natural and many cultivated hybrids. They are mostly liana-forming plants of the Old World tropics, ranging from South China, Indonesia, Malaysia and the Philippines; westward to Madagascar (two species) and the Seychelles (one); southward to Australia (three) and New Caledonia (one); and northward to India (one)... (From Wikipedia)
New World pitcher plants - Photo (c) Du-Sa-Ni-Ma, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC) CC
New World pitcher plants Info
Sarraceniaceae is a family of pitcher plants, belonging to order Ericales (previously Nepenthales). (From Wikipedia)
Snakes - Photo (c) Matt Reinbold, some rights reserved (CC BY-ND) CC
Snakes Info
Snakes are elongated, legless, carnivorous reptiles of the suborder Serpentes that can be distinguished from legless lizards by their lack of eyelids and external ears. Like all squamates, snakes are ectothermic, amniote vertebrates covered in overlapping scales. Many species of snakes have skulls with many more joints than their lizard ancestors, enabling them to swallow prey much larger than their heads with their highly mobile jaws. To accommodate their narrow bodies, snakes' paired organs (such as... (From Wikipedia)
Rodents - Photo (c) Bruce E. Hengst Sr., some rights reserved (CC BY-NC-SA) CC
Rodents Info
Rodents are mammals of the order Rodentia, characterised by a single pair of continuously growing incisors in each of the upper and lower jaws that must be kept short by gnawing. (From Wikipedia)
Bandicoots - Photo (c) GregTheBusker, some rights reserved (CC BY) CC
Bandicoots Info
The order Peramelemorphia includes the bandicoots and bilbies: it equates approximately to the mainstream of marsupial omnivores. All members of the order are endemic to the twin land masses of Australia-New Guinea and most have the characteristic bandicoot shape: a plump, arch-backed body with a long, delicately tapering snout, very large upright ears, relatively long, thin legs, and a thin tail. Their size varies from about 140 grams up to 2 kilograms, but most species are... (From Wikipedia)
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