Animal Diversity Web

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Animal diversity refers to the several varying species of animals in the middle natural environment. Actually all the genetic and species diversity found in animals of soil, air and aquatic habitation is known as animal diversity


The ADW acts as an online encyclopedia, with each individual species account displaying basic information specific to that species. Each species account includes geographic range, habitat, physical description, reproduction, life span, communication and perception, behavior, food habits, predation, and conservation status.

The ADW was created by Philip Myers, a biology professor at the University of Michigan, in 1995.[1] Each account is written by both students and teachers at 30 colleges and universities across the United States. Species accounts are often assigned to college students as class projects. Each account is researched using peer reviewed scientific journals and research papers and is edited by both the professors and staff at the ADW.

Along with species accounts, the ADW has over 350 accounts of higher taxonomic groups.


  1. ^ Erickson, Jim (4 January 2013). "Revamped Animal Diversity Web reaching millions worldwide 18 years after launch". The University Record. Retrieved 25 August 2013. 

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