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Understanding the results

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Click Search Now from either the Plants/Animals or Ecological Communities to retrieve all the NatureServe Explorer records matching your search criteria.

Viewing summary data

Go to the top of the table to find a results summary:

  • Total number of retrieved records
  • Number of retrieved records for species, associations, and alliances

Go to the end of the table to review the search criteria for these records.

Viewing results for plants and animals

The results table for a species search contains five columns:

Browse (Unique ID)

indicates whether the record has been selected and provides the Natural Heritage Network ID for the plant or animal. When the results first appear, all records will have a check in this column. To shorten your list of records, click Deselect All at the top or bottom of the table. Then, click each record you want to keep, and click Show Selected Only to create a list of records with only those you chose from the original results.

Common Name/Scientific Name lists the common and scientific names for the species.
Status lists the species' conservation status as designated by the Natural Heritage Network, the U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA), and the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC).
Distribution lists distribution using the standard two-letter abbreviations for the U.S. states and Canadian provinces where the species has been identified.
Image Available contains a camera icon if an image of the plant or animal is available.

Viewing results for ecological units

The results table for an ecological unit search contains the following columns:

Browse (Unique ID) indicates whether the record has been selected and provides the Natural Heritage Network ID for the community. When the results first appear, all records will be have a check in this column. To shorten your list of records, click Deselect All at the top or bottom of the table. Then, click each record you want to keep, and click Show Selected Only to create a list of records with only those you chose from the original results.
Common Name/Translated Scientific Name lists the common and translated scientific names for the species. A translated scientific name is the English name for the association based on common names for the nominal plant species. Remember, a plant species can have several common names, any of which can be used here. Not all associations will have translated scientific names.
Global Conservation Status Rank lists the species' conservation status as designated by the Natural Heritage Network. Distribution: United States & Canada using the standard two-letter abbreviations for the U.S. states and Canadian provinces where the ecological community has been identified.
Classification Code lists standard abbreviation for community classification.
Image Available contains a camera icon if an image of the ecological unit is available.

See also:

Setting user preferences
Viewing and printing reports
Viewing and changing your search criteria
Searching for plants and animals
Searching for plants and animals by group
Searching for ecological communities
Searching for ecological communities by group
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