30 Best Books on Taxonomy

We have compiled a list of the Best Reference Books on Taxonomy, which are used by students of top universities, and colleges. This will help you choose the right book depending on if you are a beginner or an expert. Here is the complete list of Taxonomy Books with their authors, publishers, and an unbiased review of them as well as links to the Amazon website to directly purchase them. If permissible, you can also download the free PDF books on Taxonomy below.

1. Taxonomy and Biodiversity

1."Theory and Practice of Animal Taxonomy and Biodiversity" by Kapoor V C
“Theory and Practice of Animal Taxonomy and Biodiversity” Book Review: This book talks about the history of Taxonomy that coincides with the origin of human language. This book explains the fundamental basis for biology. This book covers everything students and practitioners need to know about the origins and use of animal taxonomy and biodiversity.

2."Descriptive Taxonomy: The Foundation of Biodiversity Research (Systematics Association Special Volume Series)" by Mark F Watson and Chris H C Lyal
“Descriptive Taxonomy: The Foundation of Biodiversity Research (Systematics Association Special Volume Series)” Book Review: This book provides an up to date and vital information about biodiversity and its conservation. This book focuses on methods of research, development and dissemination. It aims to maximise the relevance and impact of data. Case studies are used to illustrate the outputs and impacts of taxonomic research. Integrated approaches are presented in the book which have the capacity to accelerate the production of floras and faunas. This book is vital for those involved in floristics and faunistics.

3."Plant Biodiversity And Taxonomy" by M P and M P Singh
“Plant Biodiversity And Taxonomy” Book Review: This book brings out the importance of biodiversity. It is a reminder about the depletion of biodiversity. The book talks about the rate of deforestation and that forests are being felled to generate funds and space for development. The content includes the topic of the Phyto sociological region of india. This book can be used by those in the field of biology.

4."Biodiversity Taxonomy And Ecology" by G K Singh
5."Fundamental Of Biodiversity Taxonomy" by Jaspal Juneja
6."Marine Algae: Biodiversity, Taxonomy, Environmental Assessment, and Biotechnology" by Leonel Pereira and Joao Magalhaes Neto
“Marine Algae: Biodiversity, Taxonomy, Environmental Assessment, and Biotechnology” Book Review: This book covers a revision of the taxonomy of algae as well as the general aspects of biology. The methodologies used in marine biology are also covered. The book focuses on the use of algae in environmental assessment with an intensive implementation in Western economies and some emerging economies. Another topic covered is the potential use of algae in various industries including food, pharmaceuticals, cosmetics, agricultural fertilizers, and the emerging biofuels industries. This book can be used by students as well as researchers of biodiversity, taxonomy and biotechnology.

7."Lactic Acid Bacteria: Biodiversity and Taxonomy" by Wilhelm H Holzapfel and Brian J B Wood
“Lactic Acid Bacteria: Biodiversity and Taxonomy” Book Review: This book gives an in-depth knowledge of the lactic acid bacteria. It covers taxonomy and relevant biochemistry, physiology and molecular biology. It helps in understanding the organisms’ remarkable diversity within a seemingly rather constrained compass. The genera now identified as proper members of the LAB and the species properly recognized as members of each genus are detailed along with their characteristics. Each genus and species is described using a standardized format and importance of each species in food, agricultural and medical applications is assessed. Certain other bacterial groups (such as Bifidobacterium) often associated with the LAB are given in-depth coverage. The book also contributes to a better understanding and appreciation of the role of LAB in the various ecological ecosystems. This book is an essential reference for research scientists, biochemists and microbiologists working in the food and fermentation industries. Advanced students of food science and technology can also use it as a guide.

8."Barcoding Nature: Shifting Cultures of Taxonomy in an Age of Biodiversity Loss (Genetics and Society)" by Claire Waterton and Rebecca Ellis
“Barcoding Nature: Shifting Cultures of Taxonomy in an Age of Biodiversity Loss (Genetics and Society)” Book Review: This book is based on six years of ethnographic research on changing practices in the identification and classification of natural species. The book analyses DNA barcoding in the context of a sense of crisis – concerning global biodiversity loss. The book highlights the specific changes that this innovation is having in the collecting, organizing, analyzing, and archiving of biological specimens and biodiversity data. The book also highlights many questions and contradictions that accompany the quest to create a genomics-based environmental technoscience dedicated to biodiversity protection. This book will be useful to students and scholars of sociology of science, science and technology studies.

9."Biodiversity of Lianas (Sustainable Development and Biodiversity)" by N Parthasarathy
“Biodiversity of Lianas (Sustainable Development and Biodiversity)” Book Review: This book covers a wide range of topics covering all continents. It contains peer-reviewed chapters from leading academicians and researchers around the world in the field of Plant Ecology, Taxonomy and related areas of Biodiversity Science. The book has case studies and reviews (regional and global) in biodiversity, ecology and phytogeography and conservation of lianas from temperate, subtropical and tropical forests. This book provides an insight into the patterns of liana diversity, distribution and the role of lianas in structuring forest communities. The book discusses the functional ecology (carbon uptake, ecosystem services, dynamics and invasion) and biotechnological tools for conservation of lianas. It also summarizes the significance and the need for conservation of lianas in the changing global environmental scenario. This book will be a valuable reference material for students, researchers and forest managers who are concerned with biodiversity, forest ecology and sustainable development of forest resources.

10."Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics (Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation)" by Roseli Pellens and Philippe Grandcolas
“Biodiversity Conservation and Phylogenetic Systematics (Topics in Biodiversity and Conservation)” Book Review: This book is about phylogenetic diversity as an approach to reduce biodiversity losses in the period of mass extinction. The book talks about the value phylogenetic diversity for biodiversity conservation, the choice of measures and the loss of phylogenetic diversity with extinction. The book also highlights the importance of organisms that are deeply branched in the tree of life and the role of relict species. The book explores methodological aspects, such as how to deal with abundance, sampling effort, or conflicting trees in analysis of phylogenetic diversity. The book also discusses the applications, showing how phylogenetic diversity can be integrated in systematic conservation planning, in EDGE and HEDGE evaluations. This wide coverage makes the book a reference for academics, policy makers and stakeholders dealing with biodiversity conservation.

2. Taxonomy of Angiosperms

1."Introduction to Taxonomy of Angiosperms" by Verma
“Introduction to Taxonomy of Angiosperms” Book Review: This book highlights the general principles and aims of taxonomy. It gives an overview of the important systems of classification and main features of the APG II (Angiosperm Phylogeny Group, 2003) system of plant taxonomy. The important rules of plant nomenclature and various codes of nomenclature including the latest Vienna Code of 2006 are given. This book discusses the usefulness of anatomy, embryology, palynology, chemistry, cytology and ecology under current trends in plant taxonomy. 50 important dicoty-ledonous and monocotyledonous angiosperm families have been illustrated in this book. Each family is described covering the distribution, vegetative features, floral description, morphological nature of organs, further classification and affinities with other families. The economic importance and description of common plant(s) is also described. Finally, the book covers the different aspects and theories related to the origin of angiosperms, and explains the methods and techniques of herbarium development and maintenance. It will be useful for undergraduate students pursuing courses in Botany/Life Sciences and postgraduate students.

2."Angiosperms (Taxonomy, Systematic Botany, Economic Botany, Ethno Botany)" by Annie Ragland and V Kumaresan
“Angiosperms (Taxonomy, Systematic Botany, Economic Botany, EthnoBotany)” Book Review: This book gives an introduction to Angiosperms, systems of Classification, Plant Nomenclature and Botanical Survey of India (BSI). The morphology of Angiosperms, description of Angiospermic Plant, Field and Herbarium Techniques and Taxonomy in Relation to Cytology and Phytochemistry are explained in the book. Annonaceae, Nymphaeaceae, Cruciferae, Sterculiaceae, Rutaceae, Meliaceae and Anacardiaceae are also discussed. An introduction to EthnoBotany and tribal medicines can be found in this book. This book can be used by Botany students.

3."Taxonomy of Angiosperms" by D K Jain and V Singh
“Taxonomy of Angiosperms” Book Review: This book gives an introduction to plant taxonomy and explains plant nomenclature and field and herbarium techniques. An Illustrated Glossary of Taxonomic Terms and the Synopsis of the Selected Families are given. The position of Selected Families in Major Contemporary Systems of Angiosperm Classification,Selected Families of Dicotyledons and the Selected Families of Monocotyledons are also discussed. This book will be useful for students in the field of botany biology.

4."Taxonomy of Angiosperms" by S S Sambamurty
“Taxonomy of Angiosperms” Book Review: This explains the Principles of Angiosperm Taxonomy and addresses the families. The book has several illustrations with examples. This book comprises different classifications, nomenclature, biosystematics, modern trends in taxonomy, chemotaxonomy, numerical taxonomy, etc. The book also examines the 214 families of which 55 are discussed in detail, while the summarized accounts of the rest are given for the benefit of advanced students. Numerous appendices such as the comparison of classifications, floral diagrams and floral formulae, questions, etc. are given. The book will cater to the needs of Botany students pursuing B.Sc. (H), M.Sc. and related fields, such as Medical Botany, Pharmacy, Agricultural Botany, and Horticulture.

5."Practical Taxonomy of Angiosperms" by R K Sinha
“Practical Taxonomy of Angiosperms” Book Review: This book has labelled diagrams and flow charts for better understanding. This book deals with Morphology of angiosperms. There the terminology used in taxonomic description of plants is arranged alphabetically―under subheads stem, leaves, flowers etc. The book discusses the Taxonomy of angiosperms, the Description, systematization and identification of 84 plants of 44 families of angiosperms and a Brief account of 143 plants of different families. A comparison of allied common angiospermic families in tabular form is given. The book gives the differences between allied terminology (e.g. phyllode, phylloclade, siliqua & siliqua.) that are presented in tabular form. This book will be useful for Botany Biology students and researchers.

6."Taxonomy of Angiosperms" by B P Pandey
“Taxonomy of Angiosperms” Book Review: This book is for University students. It gives an introduction to Taxonomy of Angiosperms. Principles Of Taxonomy, Plant Collection And Preparation Of Herbarium, Nomenclature Of Plants and the Botanical Survey Of India are discussed. Botanic Garden. The book also explains how to describe In Angispermic Plant, Order-Magnoliales, Order – Annonaceae, Order – Rosales and Order-Lrguminales. This book will be a good reference for those trying to find simple information on Taxonomy of Angiosperms.

7."Taxonomy of Angiosperms" by S N Pandey and S P Misra
“Taxonomy of Angiosperms” Book Review: This book highlights the basic concepts of the recent trends in plant taxonomy. General aspects are dealt in detail. The systematic treatment and methodical description of angiosperm families has also been given due attention in this book. This book will be a good reference for botany biology students as well as researchers.

8."Principles Of Angiosperm Taxonomy" by Davis and Heywood
9."Taxonomy of Angiosperm" by Nair R
“Taxonomy of Angiosperm” Book Review: The book provides information about the general principles and modern trends in the taxonomy of angiosperms. It brings out the main aims and principles of taxonomy. The book compares all current systems of classification and explains intricate rules of plant nomenclature clearly. This book is well-illustrated and dependable. This book can be used by undergraduate and postgraduate students of botany.

10."Taxonomy of Angiosperms" by Shareef K Mohammed and Thuruthikkattil Ram Arun
“Taxonomy of Angiosperms” Book Review: This book describes the selected angiosperm families dealing with vegetative and floral characters. The detailed descriptions of all the families accompanied with photographs are given. Emphasis is given on identification of angiosperms in field condition. The general characteristics of the families are described in the book. There are examples supported with the explanations. Bentham and Hooker’s Classification system is followed for arranging the families. This book will be useful to Undergraduate and Postgraduate students of Botany.


3. Biosystematics, Taxonomy and Evolution

1."Textbook of Biosystematics: Theory and Practicals" by T Pullaiah
“Textbook of Biosystematics: Theory and Practicals” Book Review: This book provides a comprehensive account on biosystematics with emphasis on plants. In the introductory chapter the concept of biosystematics is introduced to the reader. Biosystematic categories are dealt with in the second chapter followed by static and dynamic concepts on plant taxonomy. Concept of population and concept of character are dealt with in chapter 4 and 5. Methods of sampling and processing data are given in the next chapter followed by breeding systems. Chapter 8 deals with methods in experimental taxonomy followed by the source of Taxonomic characters. Subsequent chapters deal with taximetrics, species concept and germplasm preservation. Practical biosystematics is given at the end.

2."Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics: Classical and Modern Methods" by T S Rana
“Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics: Classical and Modern Methods”
Book Review: The manual provides updated information on basic as well as applied aspects of plant systematics on various groups of plants like algae, lichens, bryophytes, pteridophytes, gymnosperms and angiosperms. 1 to 3 describe the various approaches and methods to study microbial and fungal diversity, which is basically a very useful precursor to the students and young researchers. 4 and 5 provide deals with the multi-dimensional approaches in Lichen systematics. The book progresses upwards through the plethora of information on the diversity and systematics of algae, bryophytes, pteridophytes and gymnosperms ( 6-10). 11 to 15 contain on the plant methodological details identification, approaches and methods of Flora, revision, monograph and development of herbarium, 14 and 15 particularly provide all the relevant information on the International code of plant nomenclature including cultivated plants. Book for the students and young faculties who intend to pursue their research in plant taxonomy. The book provides the information about CSIR-NBRI Botanic Garden and its various repositories.

3."Biosystematics and Bioecology of Aphis Spireacola Patch" by Vinay Kumar Singh and Shweta Dubey
“Biosystematics and Bioecology of Aphis Spiraecola Patch” Book Review: The book provides biosystematics and bioecological study of the aphids furnishes useful taxonomical, biological and ecological infestation and is necessary for formulating and control programme. Topics included pestiferous over 65 plant genera especially asteraceae, brassicaceae, cucurbitaceae, fabaceae, malvaceae, polygonaceae, rosaceae, rubiaceae, rutaceae and solanaceae.

4."Biosystematics Taxonomy and Biostatistics" by M P Goswami
5."Biosystematic studies of the Family Brassicaceae in Egypt: Biosystematic studies of the Family Brassicaceae" by Joss Van Der Maesen and Kadry Abdel Khalik
“Biosystematic studies of the Family Brassicaceae in Egypt: Biosystematic studies of the Family Brassicaceae” Book Review: The book contains information about brassicaceae, areas where it can be found, cultivated areas and occupy distributed sites, roadsides, waste grounds throughout the world, most important genus, how they are grown, what type they are grown. It also contains species cultivated as vegetable and salad plants are cabbage, cauliflower, brussels sprouts, kale, broccoli, turnip, chinese or indian mustard. Other crops include the radish, watercress, eruca and cress. Textbook is all about 104 species belonging to 53 genera, assigned to 9 tribes.

6."Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics" by Clive Anthony Stace
“Plant Taxonomy and Biosystematics” Book Review: This book presents a discussion of present-day plant taxonomy. It includes the dynamic nature of taxonomy which results from it being a fundamental discipline and a synthesis of all biological knowledge. It also discusses the rise in popularity of statistics.

7."Taxonomy Evolution At Work" by M Daniel
“Taxonomy Evolution At Work” Book Review: The book includes strategies in which the different plant groups evolved over time and their struggle for survival by developing new and better characters. The problems faced by the primitive group of land plants are explained and the methods by which the plants intelligently outwitted the adversaries such as insects, herbivores, parasites etc. or adverse environmental situations are described. The adaptations thus achieved by the plants made them an evolved taxon. All plant groups are described in terms of their successful adaptational characters and the study of these processes.

8."Principles and Techniques of Contemporary Taxonomy (Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience)" by Donald L J Quicke
“Principles and Techniques of Contemporary Taxonomy (Experimental and Clinical Neuroscience)” Book Review: Serves as a textbook for ethologists. physiologist. biochemist and ecologist. It contains topics of the evolutionary relationships between organisms. and it is the science of taxonomy that can develop testable phylogenetic hypotheses and ultimately provide the best estimates of evolutionary history and relationships, current biological thought and biological methodology.

9."Evolution and Taxonomy" by John Henry Comstock
“Evolution and Taxonomy” Book Review: Contains the application of the theory of natural selection in the classification of animals and plants, illustrated by a study of the evolution of the wings of insects, and by a contribution to the classification of the lepidoptera.

10."Empire Biota: Taxonomy and Evolution" by Bernard Pelletier
“Empire Biota: Taxonomy and Evolution” Book Review: The book contents are comprehensive account of taxonomy, including historical overviews, the first cladistic analyses of bacteria based on classical evidence, the most comprehensive cladistic analyses of eukaryotes based on classical evidence, cladograms, tables and lists, descriptions of the various groups, profiles of taxonomists, and coverage of classifications for lower groups, evolution, and fossils, with edits and a chapter on ecology and biogeography and one on geological time.

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