Knowledge Resources


Program Research Infrastructure

Senckenberg (meta) data portal

The database provids an overview about type, context, and archiving of data generated by research units of Senckenberg Leibniz Instititution for Biodiversity and Earth System Research (SGN).


Collection Database

The Databases SeSam and AQUiLA provide access to the collections of Senckenberg and some other instiutions that also use our database system.

SeSam für Museum für Naturkunde Berlin

SeSam für Zoologisches Museum Hamburg

SeSam für Zoologische Staatssammlung München

SeSam für Zoologisches Museum Kiel

SeSam für Zoologische Sammlungen Rostock

SeSam für Zoologisches Museum Marburg



The Herbarium Senckenbergianum
overview on the botanical-mycological collection

Index Collectorum Herbarii Senckenbergiani (FR)
collector’s list of the Frankfurt Herbarium

The virtual herbarium of the Lausitz offers an overview of the flora
of the Saxon Lausitz and adjacent areas in Brandenburg, Poland and the
Chech Republic by means of specimens from the Herbarium Senckenbergianum Görlitz (GLM).

The portal “Bestimmungskritische Taxa zur Flora von Deutschland”
offers information and illustrations (high resolution scans of validated herbarium sheets) of these difficult to determine species.

Chromosome numbers of the flora of Germany
offers information on karyology of German plant species.

The “Flora von Frankfurt am Main”
offers information on plant diversity in this metropolitan area (incl. distribution, ecology, history).

African Plants – A Photo Guide 
An interactive photo guide on vascular plants of Africa (excl. Madagascar).

West African Plants – A Photo Guide
An interactive photo guide on vascular plants of West Africa.

East African Plants – A Photo Guide
An interactive photo guide on vascular plants of East Africa.

Central African Plants – A Photo Guide
An interactive photo guide on vascular plants of Central Africa.

West African Vegetation – A vegetation data network
West African vegetation data

West African Data & Metadata Repository
makes data from the UNDESERT project available.



Biographies of the entomologists of the world

Historic Portrait Collection of the Senckenberg German Entomological Institute

Collection of electronically available theses

Collection of electronically available entomological journals

Index novus litteraturae entomologicae – database of the global entomological literature up to 1863, being a revised and updated version of Horn and Schenkling (1928): Index Litteraturae Entomologicae.

OPAC Catalog of the Senckenberg German Entomological Institute library

Identification ressources for the Trichoptera of Africa and Fennoscandinavia

World-catalog of sawflies (Symphyta)


Soil Zoology

The Senckenberg Museum for Natural History Görlitz runs the soil-biodiversity data warehouse Edaphobase, which combines existing taxonomical primary data on soil organisms from collections, scientific publications etc. originating from many research institutes and individual

 OPAC of Senckenberg Museum for Natural History Görlitz library.



MARSAMM – Historical collections of marine organisms – a window into the beginnings of Global Change in the North and Baltic Seas
Documentation of faunal changes in North and Baltic Sea since the 19th century based on collections of marine organisms of the Zoological Museum at the Christian-Albrechts-University (CAU) in cooperation with the collections of the Senckenberg Research Institutes and Natural History Museums in Frankfurt and Dresden and the museums of the NORe-association e.V.
The project is supported by the BMBF as part of the initiative “Vernetzen – Erschließen – Erforschen. Allianz für universitäre Sammlungen”.

Collection of the Arachnid section of the Senckenberg Museum for Natural History Görlitz

Virmisco – The Virtual Microscope Slide Collection
offers virtual access to collections, esp. type material. Loans might become obsolete in many cases, conserving material from damage and loss.

Wildcat Database
In scope of the project “Wildkatzensprung” by the Federal Agency of Nature Conservancy, examines the Senckenberg Research Institute and, since 2012, BUND the national dissemination and migration of wildcats.