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Searching for plant and animals by group

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Search for a plant or animal or group, such as birds or Aves, even if you do not know a full name. Start a name search at the highest group, or jump down through several subgroups.

Tips for searching by group

  • Red indicates the active group or subgroup where your search will begin.

  • You can only search for elements in one active group and its subgroups. For example, you cannot search for an invertebrate animal and a mammal at the same time. All mammals are vertebrates, so you will not find any in the invertebrate group.

  • with a name means that subgroups exist below. Click the plus to expand your view to the next subgroups.

  • with a name means that you have reached the last subgroup. to collapse, or close, the subgroup.

Searching from the highest group

  1. From the NatureServe Explorer home page, click Search for Plants and Animals.
  2. In the Name tab,
    • Type a wildcard ( * ) under Search by Name if you want to use only the group.
    • Type a name if you want to search for particular plants or animals within a group.
  3. Scroll to And/Or Search by Group.
  4. If you want subspecies, varieties, and populations, click that option.
  5. Click
    • All Species for Species for Scientific Names and Species-Informal Names.
    • Species-Scientific Names to scientific names at any level: kingdom, phylum, class, order, family, genus, and species.
    • Species-Informal Names for species groups using vascular and non-vascular plants, fungi/lichens, and vertebrate and invertebrate animals.
  6. Click the selection you want in each subgroup until you reach the group that you want to retrieve.
  7. Click Search Now to retrieve all species that match your criteria.
  8. View the results.

Searching from subgroups

  1. From the NatureServe Explorer home page, click Search for Plants and Animals.
  2. In the Name tab,
    • Type a wildcard ( * ) under Search by Name if you want to use only the group.
    • Type a name if you want to search for particular plants or animals within a group.
  3. Scroll to And/Or Search by Group.
  4. If you want subspecies, varieties, and populations, click that option.
  5. Type the name of the group you want.
  6. Click GO to go to the subgroup where you want to begin.
  7. Click the selection you want in each subgroup until you reach the one that you want to retrieve.
  8. Click Search Now to retrieve all the records that match the criteria.
  9. View the results.

See also:

Setting user preferences
Understanding the results
Viewing and changing search criteria
Searching for plants and animals
Example of plant and animal searches
Combining species and ecological community searches
Using NatureServe Explorer

 

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