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MorphoBank is a web application providing an online database and workspace for evolutionary research in systematics (the science of determining the evolutionary relationships among species). MorphoBank invites scientists producing peer-reviewed research to upload images and affiliate data with those images (labels, species names, etc.). MorphoBank also offers a platform for live collaboration on phylgoenetic matrices by teams in a private workspace where they can also affiliate images with phylogenetic matrices. MorphoBank stores digital versions of both text and image-based observations on phenotypes. Phylogenetic matrices (Nexus or TNT format), particularly phenotypical matrices, 2D (including JPEG, GIF, PNG, TIFF and Photoshop) and 3D (PLY, STL, ZIP, TIFF and DCM) image data and video (MPEG-4, QuickTime and WindowsMedia). MorphoBank also offer a Documents folder for additional files about their research such as pdfs, word documents, and text files (e.g., morphometric data, phylogenetic trees).

How to cite this record: MorphoBank; MorphoBank; DOI:; Last edited: March 13, 2018, 2:46 p.m.; Last accessed: Mar 18 2018 10:50 p.m.


Developed in United States

Created in 2001

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Record added: Dec. 7, 2016, 10:02 p.m.
Record updated: March 13, 2018, 2:45 p.m. by The FAIRsharing Team.

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Best practices for data sharing in phylogenetic research.

Cranston K,Harmon LJ,O'Leary MA,Lisle C
PLoS Curr 2014

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A RESTful API for Access to Phylogenetic Tools via the CIPRES Science Gateway.

Miller MA,Schwartz T,Pickett BE,He S,Klem EB,Scheuermann RH,Passarotti M,Kaufman S,O'Leary MA
Evol Bioinform Online 2015

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From card catalogs to computers: databases in vertebrate paleontology

Mark D. Uhen, Anthony D. Barnosky, Brian Bills, Jessica Blois, Matthew T. Carrano, Marc A. Carrasco, Gregory M. Erickson, Jussi T. Eronen, Mikael Fortelius, Russell W. Graham, Eric C. Grimm, Maureen A. O'Leary, Austin Mast, William H. Piel, P. David Polly, Laura K. Saila
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 33:1, 13-28 2013

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MorphoBank: phylophenomics in the “cloud”

O'Leary, M. A. and Kaufman, S.
Cladistics, 27: 529–537 2011

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Annalisa Berta, Paul M. Barrett
Journal of Vertebrate Paleontology, 31:1, 1 2011

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The encyclopedia of life

Wilson, Edward O
Trends in Ecology and Evolution , Volume 18 , Issue 2 , 77 - 80 2003

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Strategies and guidelines for scholarly publishing of biodiversity data

Penev L, Mietchen D, Chavan V, Hagedorn G, Smith V, Shotton D, O Tuama E, Senderov V, Georgiev T, Stoev P, Groom Q, Remsen D, Edmunds S
Research Ideas and Outcomes 3: e12431 2017

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  • DBI-1457925 (US National Science Foundation (NSF))

  • DEB-9903964 (US National Science Foundation (NSF))

  • EAR-0622359 (US National Science Foundation (NSF))

  • NA04OAR4700191 (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Silver Spring, MD, USA)