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Handbook of Zoology Online

Handbook of Zoology/Handbuch der Zoologie

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About this database

  • Easy access to all relevant information in a nutshell via advanced search and browse features
  • Online-first publication of new material and regular updates with new content
  • Non-restrictive DRM – allows for an unlimited number of simultaneous users institution-wide


In the 1920s in Berlin, Professor Willi Kükenthal initiated what would become the renowned German reference work Handbook of Zoology. The complete animal kingdom from single cell organisms to mammals is discussed in eight thematic volumes:

  • Volume I Protozoa, Porifera, Colenteratea, Mesozoa (1925)
  • Volume II Vermes (1933/34)
  • Volume III Arthropoda ex. Insecta (1927/1932)
  • Volume IV Arthropoda: Insecta
  • Volume V Solenogastres, Mollusca, Echinoderma (1925)
  • Volume VI Pisces / Amphibia (1930)
  • Volume VII Reptilia / Aves (1931)
  • Volume VIII Mammalia

For the Volumes IV Arthropoda: Insecta and VII Mammalia the publication of updates continues to the present day, with the most recent contributions in English. The latest updates provided a comprehensive treatment of Annelida, published in 4 print volumes.

In 2010, the Handbook of Zoology entered a new phase as the original content (ca. 28,000 pages) was reorganized along taxonomic, instead of bibliographical, categories. Small and modular units group information together in order to better take into account the accelerated speed of scientific discovery. As a result, the new structure more aptly reflects the current state of phylogenetic knowledge.

The Handbook of Zoology is available in print and eBook and as the database Handbook of Zoology Online, which offers access to both the complete historical archive and any new content. Continual updates keep the database at the most current scientific standards due to publication of new material online-first. A taxonomic browse feature and advanced search options allow users to quickly find what they are looking for. The regular publication of updates and easy navigation of content make the Handbook of Zoology Online very useful to both authors and users.

Your Benefits

  • A balanced discussion of faunal biodiversity, including often neglected species
  • An archive of more than 200 issues published over a period of 90 years
  • Providing extensive historical context
  • Including all original descriptors
  • Easy to browse and navigate
  • Concise, small units of information
  • Abundantly illustrated with original hand drawings and spectacular color illustrations



Editor-in-Chief: Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa, Zoologisches Museum/Zoological Museum Hamburg, Leibniz Institute for the Analysis of Biodiversity Change, Germany

  • Annelida-Series: Markus Böggemann, University of Vechta, Germany; Günter Purschke, University of Osnabrück, Germany; Wilfried Westheide, University of Osnabrück, Germany
  • Arthropoda-Series: Rolf G. Beutel, University of Jena, Germany
  • Mammalia-Series: Frank Zachos, Natural History Museum Vienna, Austria

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Latest update 16.06.2023

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