Explorer allows you to perform a species search in a number of ways:
|Quick Search||Quick (easy) search by name (scientific and any language common name|
|Species by Taxa||Search by using Taxonomy, allowing the user to drill down through the taxonomic hierarchy|
|Alphabetical||Search by the first letter of the Scientific Name|
|Status||Search by Status Type (IUCN, CITES,...)|
|Advanced Search||Advanced Search, allowing the combination of more detailed search criteria, with a verbose result, and export option.|
Search Tips: Species Name
When entering a species name ( either in Quick Search or Advanced Search):
- Too specific ?: You don't need to be too specific when entering a name - just enter enough of the name to narrow down the search. Being too specific takes time, and can lead to missed results due to spelling mistakes or spelling anomalies.
- Case insenstive: Species names are case insensitive.
- Wildcards: Names are wrapped in wild-cards during the search. For instance, if you type "falcon", the search looks for "*falcon*".
- Spaces: Spaces in names are treated a wildcards. For instance, if you type "fal per", the search looks for "*fal*per*", and is an effective way to find Falco peregrinus.
Search Tips: Species by Taxa
- When you have drilled down to the Phylum level, a list of all the Classes for which there are identified Species is displayed.
- To drill deeper into the Taxonomic hierarchy, click on the link of the Class of interest.
- If you are interested in seeing all the Species that exist for that Phylum, click the "All species for this Phylum" link at the top of the list.
- If you want to drill up from any point in the Taxonomic hierarchy, use the "tree" of the levels that is visible above the results. Click on any of these links to drill up one or more levels.
- Although the above instructions detail Classes for Phylum, they apply all the way down to Genus for Family.
- Once you have either selected the "All species..." link or drilled all the way down to Genus, a list of applicable species will be displayed. Click on the Scientific Name to see details on that species.