LINKS

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Reptiles

Reptiles of Japan: http://homepage3.nifty.com/japrep/englishtop.htm. 

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Birds

Checklist of Japanese birds (with picture links) on Wikipedia: here

BirdForum is the net’s largest birding community, dedicated to wild birds and birding: http://www.birdforum.net/ 

Wild Bird Society of Japan: http://www.wbsj.org/

Kei’s Gallery of bird photos: http://www1.u-netsurf.ne.jp/~khag/bird.htm

Great Japanese birding blog: http://likebirds.exblog.jp/

Avibase is an extensive database information system about all birds of the world, containing over 2 million records about 10,000 species and 22,000 subspecies of birds, including distribution information, taxonomy, synonyms in several languages and more. http://www.bsc-eoc.org/avibase/avibase.jsp

uk.rec.birdwatching guide to pronouncing hard-to-pronounce bird names (European): http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/pronounce.htm

uk.rec.birdwatching guide to the scientific names of birds: http://www.xs4all.nl/~sbpoley/scinames.htm

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Insects

The Phasmid Study Group has a new website with lots of interesting information on phasmids: http://phasmida.myspecies.info/

Interactive key to British coleoptera: http://delta-intkey.com/britin/col/

Lots of beetle photos (in Wakayama): http://outdoor.geocities.jp/nightwalker20xx/top1.html

Tsushima Island Insects: http://yohbo.main.jp/index.html
Very good butterfly pictures: http://yohbo.main.jp/gaisetu/tateha/tateha.html

(Kyushu University professor) Shoichi Imasaka’s coleoptera site: http://www.coleoptera.jp/

Interactive site for dipterists from all continents: http://www.diptera.info/

Kazu’s insect photo site (impressive collection): http://moth2001.hp.infoseek.co.jp/index.html

Mr. Soda’s Beetle Gallery: http://www.geocities.jp/moth20012002/index.html
Mr. Soda’s Weevils (fantastic collection!): http://www.geocities.jp/moth20012002/zomushi.html

Kyushu University Weevils Database (with photos): http://kogane.wem.sfc.keio.ac.jp/jwdb/weevillist.php
Accompanying pdf checklist: https://qir.kyushu-u.ac.jp/dspace/bitstream/2324/7981/1/KJ00004506989.pdf

Good pictures of Japanese weevils: http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/fukumitu_mura/syu_k/koucyu3_.html

Fumio Fukutomi insect site (lots of photos): http://members.jcom.home.ne.jp/fukumitu_mura/sub_0.html

Entomological Science = Journal of the Entomological Society of Japan = http://ci.nii.ac.jp/vol_issue/nels/AA11217633_en.html (open access).

Robber Flies of Japan (fantastic site!): http://www3.kcn.ne.jp/~tgw/

Japanese hornets page (in Japanese) = http://www2u.biglobe.ne.jp/~vespa/. (Includes useful key for identification).

Useful on-line entomology class from the University of Florida, Department of Entomology and Nematology: http://eny3005.ifas.ufl.edu/lab1/index.htm
Insect classification at NC State University: http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/course/ent425/library/compendium/index.html

Excellent site for Homopteran bugs in Japan: Auchenorrhyncha (Homoptera) includes insects such as cicadas, leafhoppers, spittlebugs and treehoppers etc. In English and Japanese. http://www.ne.jp/asahi/rhyncha/index/indexE/index.html

Another site on Japanese bugs (Hemiptera): http://hemipter.hp.infoseek.co.jp/seitai/seitai-photo.html

PADIL: Pests and Diseases Image Library (Australian government site): http://www.padil.gov.au/

Insect database at Gifu University: http://chigaku.ed.gifu-u.ac.jp/chigakuhp/html/kyo/seibutsu/doubutsu/500KonchuTop/

KONCHU entomology database at Kyushu University in Japan: http://konchudb.agr.agr.kyushu-u.ac.jp/

Useful introduction to the classification of insects: http://www.earthlife.net/insects/classtax.html

Diptera of Japan (wiki). Set up by Osamu Furuta, this site is useful for fly identification. http://furumusi.aez.jp/wiki.cgi?Index%20Page

Ant image database: http://ant.edb.miyakyo-u.ac.jp/E/index.html

http://www.affrc.go.jp:8001/odokon/index.html = Japanese Society of Applied Entomology and Zoology.

http://www.fukuoka-edu.ac.jp/~fukuhara/ = website of FUKUHARA, T. (Dr.) Dept. of Environmental Education, Fukuoka University of Education. Lots of insect photos (and other wildlife).

http://ponta.web.infoseek.co.jp/it/index2.htm = Fantastic insect photos by Manabu Kobayashi (in Yokosuka-shi, Kanagawa).

Another personal insect site – lots of great photos: http://www.geocities.jp/ishida_a_toyohashi/
His beetle thumbnail page is very useful! http://www.geocities.jp/ishida_a_toyohashi/mushi/koucyuumoku.html

http://cse.naro.affrc.go.jp/konishi/mokuroku/index.html = A list of Ichneumonidae in Japan (by Ministry of Agriculture entomologist)

http://home.n02.itscom.net/wad/u/index.html Another great photo site by someone in Kawasaki-shi, Kanagawa. (I can’t find the person’s name on the site)

http://www.gaityu.jp/Eipct.html = Mosquito information

http://www.learnaboutbutterflies.com/Butterfly%20holidays.htm = butterfly-watching tours list

http://www.angelfire.com/bug2/j_poorani/ = Ladybird beetles of India (many also present in Japan)

Caterpillars: Two excellent sites:
http://homepage3.nifty.com/ueyama/shubetsu/yochu.html
http://aoki2.si.gunma-u.ac.jp/youtyuu/

Dragonflies

Japanese Society for Odonatology: http://www.odonata.ne.jp/
JSO specimen pictures: http://www.odonata.ne.jp/specimen/

Dragonflies at Tomboy’s site: http://www.jomon.ne.jp/~tomboy/

Japanese dragonflies database (with photos): http://www013.upp.so-net.ne.jp/odonata_jp/

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Spiders

Jumping Spider Photo Gallery (Japan): http://www.bltz.jp/jspg/index.html

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Fish

http://www.fishbase.org/search.php = Fishbase (database of fish photos for identification)

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Mammals

http://www.geocities.jp/tusu6/index.htm = Aki Matsumoto’s website on Japanese mammals. 

http://www.mammalogy.jp/ = The Mammalogical Society of Japan. Note: their journal, Mammal Study, is in English and the articles are available online (here).

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Plants

http://www.botanic.jp/index.htm = Great website for plant identification.

http://www.mitomori.co.jp/hanazukan/hanazukan.html = Another useful plant website.

 Japanese plants: http://kasugak.sakura.ne.jp/

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Other Nature Links

ARKive is a not-for-profit initiative of Wildscreen (www.wildscreen.org.uk), a UK-based charity, whose mission is ‘to promote the conservation of nature and public appreciation of biodiversity, through the power of wildlife imagery’. http://www.arkive.org/species/

Biodiversity websites in Japan (useful lists): http://protist.i.hosei.ac.jp/GBIF/DB_list/list_2E.html

CiNii = The Citation Index of the National Institute of Informatics has approximately 2.8 million full text articles (PDF). Many are open access. http://ci.nii.ac.jp/cinii/servlet/DirTop?lang=en

Tree of Life Project (classification): http://tolweb.org/tree/phylogeny.html

Pronouncing scientific names:
http://kiss.ifas.ufl.edu/kiss10.htm

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About Japan

Hanami Web (interesting articles about Japan): http://www.hanamiweb.com/