Who can use the images in our library?


The CCVI Fish and Wildlife Library is a free resource for public sharing and learning about life presence in the V.I. eco-system. Images may be shared via social media with credits intact. Images and videos may not be shared in such a manner that the sharing can be construed as, or mistaken for, an endorsement of a product, service, organization or individual. See below for permissions and criteria for commercial use.


Images and videos in this library may be used without charge by students, educational institutions, VIDPNR Fish & Wildlife, and civic organizations for projects, reports, homework assignments, research papers, etc. to include publishing, so long as there is no charge-to-customer for the published material. Credits must remain intact. For use in publications for which the customer/viewer will be charged, please see "Commercial Use".


Images may be used commercially in paid-publications and within advertising and promotional material only under written agreement with CCVI and after license fee payment to Camp Umoja and the Environmental Rangers.

USE IN ADVERTISEMENTS: Purchasers of annual display ads or commercials may utilize library images and video for on-site display ads and commercials in our videos. Eco-sponsors have a lifetime license to utilize the images and videos in their promotions and advertisements on or off this site.

USE IN COMMERCIAL PUBLICATIONS  AND/OR COLLECTIONS: For use in publications or collections that will be sold; websites that charge user/membership fees or some other payment scheme; or pay events; contact us to negotiate potential licensing.

Images and Videos may never be sold as an independent work.




The Fish and Wildlife section is continually being populated with species and is intended for local observational research and identification purposes. Reports are of species observation and behavior in the Virgin Islands through our research and thus may be different than general publications that average data from global reports. Along the tenants of 'Think Globally, Act Locally' this section deals with the local uniqueness and diversity of, and within, island species. New species are being added all the time as we work towards creating a comprehensive Virgin Islands Fish and Wildlife Identification System.

To use our library, simply input a common or scientific name in the search bar at the top right corner of any page.

You can also click "LIFE/KINGDOMS" to manually click through to a page-by-page Kingdom structure of a life form using the Carl Woese method for top level classification and the Carolus Linnaeus System (KPCOFGS).




How our life pages are organized:

Keep Ponds Clean Or Frogs Get Sick

Dead frog found drowned in littered plastic water bottle. 🙁

'Keep ponds clean or frogs get sick' is a simple mnemonic you can use to remember how all life is organized: Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus and Species.

This is also how our wildlife identification pages on this site are indexed, categorized and site mapped.

A Swedish gentleman known by his Latin name of Carolus Linnaeus was quite fond of plants. He loved to sort, label and identify specimens. However, in his day, way back in the 18th century, no one had yet taken the time to properly classify plants. As a zoologist, botanist and physician he was becoming quite frustrated trying to catalogue over 100 new plant species he'd discovered. So, in 1753, six years before Charles Darwin published "On the Origin of Species {abv.}"1, Dr. Linnaeus introduced the world to his own system of organizing plants called "binomial nomenclature"2. In 1758 he published the 10th edition of Systema Naturae, cataloging all life into two-part names.

Using binomial nomenclature, all life is given a two part scientific name based upon Genus and species. For example, humans are Homo sapiens. Our Genus is "Homo", Latin for 'man' which includes all others in the Family Hominidae such as the Neanderthal. Our species "sapiens", is Latin for 'wise'. We are the only surviving member of the Genus Homo.

Dr. Linnaeus' system of organizing life is still used by scientists today. It is literally a 'living system' as scientists are continually tweaking and slightly revising it as we discover more and more about organisms on our planet.



This site top-level classifies organisms under the Carl Woese three domain system defined in 1990.

Woese postulates that all organisms exist in one of three super domains: Archaea, Bacteria and Eukarya.  Archaea and Bacteria subsist of single-celled organisms lacking a nucleus. Most other multi-cellular life and all life with a nucleus and membrane-bound organelles are Eukarya (that's us ... humans). For the purposes of this site, the super domains are considered 'silent' or 'understood' and we jump directly to Kindoms for classification sorting. Utilizing the Linnaeus' system, 'Keep Ponds Clean Or Frogs Get Sick', you can easily locate and identify any Virgin Islands organism listed in our growing database whether you know its species name or not.



A basic understanding of the life classification methodology can help you get more out of your Identification experience. You may first wish to review this simple primer of life classifications from Mensa: Kingdom Animalia


Icon Search: ClimateChangeVi's Iconic system of locating site life is fairly intuitive.

Click the Super Domain-Kindoms link at the top of the Fish and Wildlife page.

This will open the Kingdoms page where you will select the appropriate Kingdom Icon. From there you will continue to receive sub classification options with images until you arrive at the species you are trying to identify.

Search Bar:

The Search Bar is located at the top right corner of each webpage and represented by a magnifying glass icon. Simply enter species name in Latin (Genus species); or English Common



To assist with identification of organisms partially known to you, the taxonomic structure can be entered into your web browser in Latin. Alternatively English or Common Names can be used to narrow down a species search from the Genus level.

Always start with: http://www.ClimateChangeVI.org/

Continue entering the target species' suspected classifications in order: /kingdom/phylum/class/order/family/genus/species (Replace underlined italics with the Latin names of the life form you are trying to identify; Common name can be used for Genus and species).

Do not skip a classification. You may stop at the last classification you know and a page will load providing pictorial or descriptive options to choose from to further narrow down your search. For instance, if you know the kingdom, phylum and class only, you can enter the web address: http://www.ClimateChangeVI.org/fish-and-wildlife/kingdom/phylum/class/

Alternatively, perhaps you know only the family, genus or species. Any of the three bottom levels may be entered as a web address. http://www.ClimateChangeVI.org/fish-and-wildlife/family; http://www.ClimateChangeVI.org/fish-and-wildlife/genus; or http://www.ClimateChangeVI.org/fish-and-wildlife/species

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1Charles Darwin, "On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life," 1859
2Carolus Linnaeus (Carolus von Linné, Carl von Linné), "Species Plantarum," 1853

The Phylum chart below allows identification of classified species using scientific naming, which may be useful for identifying species by description.

We have also sorted life into Common Language categories which many users find to be a faster and easier identification method.

If you prefer Common Language, Use the “ANIMALIA” drop down menu under “FISH AND WILDLIFE; KINGDOMS” to locate life by using common terms such as Fish, Mammals, Reptiles, Birds, etc.

Acanthocephala Thorny headed worms Thorny-headed worms
Acoelomorpha Without gut Acoels
Annelida Little ring Annelids
Arthropoda Jointed foot Arthropods
Brachiopoda Arm foot Lamp shells
Bryozoa Moss animals Moss animals, sea mats
Chaetognatha Longhair jaw Arrow worms
Chordata With a cord Chordates
Cnidaria Stinging nettle Anemones / Jellyfish
Ctenophora Comb bearer Comb jellies
Cycliophora Wheel carrying Symbion
Echinodermata Spiny skin Echinoderms
Entoprocta Inside anus Goblet worm
Gastrotricha Hair stomach Hairybacks
Gnathostomulida Jaw orifice Jaw worms
Hemichordata Half cord Acorn worms, pterobranchs
Kinorhyncha Motion snout Mud dragons
Loricifera Corset bearer Brush heads
Micrognathozoa Tiny jaw animals  
Mollusca Soft Mollusks / molluscs
Nematoda Thread like Round worms
Nematomorpha Thread form Horsehair worms
Nemertea Sea nymph Ribbon worms
Onychophora Claw bearer Velvet worms
Orthonectida Straight swim  
Phoronida Zeus’s mistress Horseshoe worms
Placozoa Plate animals  
Platyhelminthes Flat worm Flatworms
Porifera Pore bearer Sponges
Priapulida Little Priapus  
Rhombozoa Lozenge animal  
Rotifera Wheel bearer Rotifers
Sipuncula Small tube Peanut worms
Tardigrada Slow step Water bears
Xenacoelomorpha Strange flatworm