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The Database:

Mammal Diversity Database. 2020. American Society of Mammalogists. Accessed 2020-09-21 .

A specific entry:

Each entry has a citation string at the end. For example:

Mus musculus (ASM Mammal Diversity Database #13972) fetched 2018-02-05. Mammal Diversity Database. 2018. []

Version 1.0 taxonomy:

Burgin, C. J., Colella, J. P., Kahn, P. L., and Upham, N. S. 2018. How many species of mammals are there? Journal of Mammalogy 99:1—11. []

About the Database

Development for this work is funded by American Society of Mammalogists with logistical and planning support from the NSF Vertlife Terrestrial grantand commissioned by the American Society of Mammalogists.

The ASM Biodiversity Committee stewards the Mammal Diversity Database, an updatable and online database of mammal taxonomic and biodiversity information. This database aims to serve the global scientific community by providing the latest information on species-level and higher taxonomic changes, thereby promoting more rigorous study of mammalian biodiversity worldwide. The initial objective for this online database is to aggregate, curate, and compile new citations on species descriptions and taxonomic revisions into regular releases that are downloadable in comma-delimited format. Downstream goals include expanded hosting of ecological, trait, and taxonomic data, and an online forum for discussing mammalian taxonomy and systematics. By serving as both a platform and forum, this initiative aims to stimulate interest in mammals and promote the ASM’s role as a leader in high quality research on mammalian biology.


Please view in the Github repository for information on how to use our public taxon API. The API endpoint can be found at You can also do an interactive live query against the database by clicking the button in the footer of any page.

Legal Notices


This software is released under the GNU GPL v3 license, and the source code is available on Github. Licenses for dependencies and are either included in the directory for the package, or in the file PACKAGE-LICENSES in the respository.


Taxon images used in this application are licensed with the Creative Commons BY 4.0 license, except where otherwise noted.


All information and content is licensed with the Creative Commons BY 4.0 license. A full citation for any given entry can be found on the account page, or under the dcterms:bibliographicCitation key on the API result for a given taxon.