Lifemap is a tool to explore the tree of life in an interactive manner, similar to the exploration of geographic maps. The tree displayed is a simplification of the taxonomy provided by the NCBI. The tree contains around 800,000 species. Each node (incl. species) in the tree can be clicked to get information and pictures retrieved from Wikipedia. It is also possible to compute and visualize the "route" between two taxa or clades in the tree.

Lifemap was written by Damien de Vienne, CNRS researcher at the Biometry and Evolutionary Biology Laboratory (Lyon, France).
For more information on Lifemap, see the article published in PLoS Biology:

What’s New

Version 1.0.2

Fixed major bugs encountered on iPhone 4S, 5 and 5C.

Ratings and Reviews

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4 Ratings

Fhbhgvnkmkmkmjnjm ,

Update the tree

Insectivora is abandoned. Please replace it with the correct information. Please change Insectivora to lipotyphia, which is the new name for the order.
The app is a good app, just update it a bit.

Developer Response ,

Thanks for your comment. Indeed, Insectivora seems abandoned, but the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) on which Lifemap relies, did not discard it yet. Please be patient, this will occur one day for sure!

AndySyb79 ,

Tons of info in a free app

This was on display at a local natural history museum. Happy to see I can explore the tree at home too!

Developer Response ,

Thanks a lot. I'd be more than happy to know at which museum you saw it. Thanks in advance.

alex.chipliev ,

More than excellent!

Great! Amazing! Cool app!


Laboratoire de Biometrie et Biologie Evolutive
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Requires iOS 9.0 or later. Compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch.



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