FW: List of the world's animals

To: Canberrabirds <>
Subject: FW: List of the world's animals
From: Geoffrey Dabb <>
Date: Sat, 5 Feb 2022 23:53:25 +0000

Following the multi-volume Handbook of the Birds of the World, Lynx issued the multi-volume Mammals handbook, to which Don refers below.


For birds, as stage 2, Lynx issued the 2-volume Illustrated Checklist, an excellent reference as it covers subspecies (not covered in the later one-volume All the Birds of the World).


For mammals, as stage 2, Lynx issued a 2-volume Illustrated Checklist. This followed the same format as for birds, giving subspecies.  This is very good for browsing through, but the two vols are quite heavy.  As I can’t immediately lay my hands on the bathroom scales I cannot say how heavy, but they would not be conveniently carried in a suitcase on a world trip.


Now for birds, as stage 3,  Lynx migrated in digital format to the Cornell Lab website where you can consult the digital equivalent of  the Handbook, provided you subscribe.  So far as I know, this has not happened with mammals.  I suppose this is all a matter of financial return.  There a lot more travelling bird-tickers out there than mammal tickers.


Of course, as indicated below there are other websites for mammals.  How useful they will be will depend on what you need.  I clicked on the first one mentioned by Don and tried ‘Pygmy Possum’ With the following result –



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I then clicked on Burramys parvus with the following result (not a useful pic for field ID purposes)  –


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Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] List of the world's animals



Mammal Species of the World (

Handbook of the Mammals of the World - Wikipedia


From: Canberrabirds <> On Behalf Of Martin Butterfield via Canberrabirds
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Subject: Re: [Canberrabirds] List of the world's animals


See for a few approaches.  There seem to be about 500,000 non insect animals




On Sat, 5 Feb 2022 at 20:51, Mark Clayton via Canberrabirds <> wrote:

Evening all,

Does anyone know if there is anything like the IOC or Clements etc lists
of birds of the world but one that lists all the mammals, monotremes and
anything I may have missed ?

My wife and I would like to try and list all the various animal species
we have seen in various parts of the world that we have visited.

Many thanks,


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