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By Lynn Zurik

Do you know the basic group to which the organism belongs (crab, shrimp, soft coral, etc.)?

  1. If you know the basic group, or can be more specific as to classification (for example, which class, order, family or genus), enter the most specific term in WWM's Google search engine: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/Googlesearch.htm

  • Narrow the possibilities: Look through all related articles first. Most contain photos of the various species within each family and genus. If you don't find your exact organism, look for those with similar traits and take note of the family or genus.

  • Google the name + an appropriate descriptive term and go through the results

  1. If you don't know the basic group, describe the organism using a few words (for example: white + tube) and enter in WWM's Google search engine: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/Googlesearch.htm

For search tips, please refer to EricR's Guide to Searching WWM: http://www.wetwebmedia.com/ericshowtoart.htm

  • Look through the search results and determine the organism's basic group.

  • If you're able to determine the group, begin again at the top of the page (#1).

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