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

3.7 out of 5
9 Ratings

9 Ratings

Bobbybob32134282 ,

Sadly, the best

This is the best app out there for phylogenetics I could find. It’s difficult, but not impossible to navigate, and the info seems questionable, though it does at least include a lot of species, including extinct species, which I couldn’t find in another usable app. The search feature does a great job of allowing you to type text into it. The tree doesn’t include homo sapien sapien (us) at all. Though it does include Denisovans and Neanderthals. Probably dozens of other known hominins and early humans are missing, including homo erectus, which should be ancestral to all of the homo sapien subspecies based on what we currently know.

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Search Option Does Nothing

The app is exactly what I was looking for. A map of how all species relate. The search option doesn’t seem to work, so it is not very interactive. This eliminates a large portion of the app’s functionality.

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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!

App Privacy

The developer, Laboratoire de Biométrie et Biologie Évolutive, has not provided details about its privacy practices and handling of data to Apple.

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The developer will be required to provide privacy details when they submit their next app update.


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