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Handbook of Zoology Online

Handbook of Zoology/Handbuch der Zoologie

Edited by: Rolf G. Beutel, Richard Leschen, Günter Purschke, Wilfried Westheide and Frank E. Zachos

Covering 100 years of zoological research, the Handbook of Zoology Online represents a vast store of knowledge.

The Handbook of Zoology offers an in-depth treatment of the entire animal kingdom covering both invertebrates and vertebrates. Internationally renowned experts provide comprehensive overviews on animal systematics and morphology, as well as thorough discussions of physiology, behavior, ecology and applied zoological research.

A balanced discussion of faunal biodiversity, including often neglected species:

1. An archive of more than 200 issues published over a period of 90 years

  • Digitized content that can be used offline
  • Abundantly illustrated with original hand drawings
  • Providing extensive historical context
  • Including all original descriptors

2. New content

  • Easy to browse and navigate
  • Cross-linked content
  • Concise, small units of information
  • Spectacular color illustrations

A comprehensive and reliable foundation for advanced research!

  • Easy access to all relevant information in a nutshell via cross-links and browse functions
  • Always up to date! Online-first publication of new material and updates of existing content
  • Non-restrictive DRM – allows for an unlimited number of simultaneous users institution-wide

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Background

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.

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. The content can be accessed via taxonomic and subject categories. A variety of search options, scientific literature and cross-references allow users to quickly find what they are looking for. The frequent publication of updates and easy navigation of content make the Handbook of Zoology Online very useful to both authors and users.