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Searching for plant and animals by uploading a Comma-Separated (.csv) names file

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Search for plants or animals by uploading a .csv file. Uploading a list of names from a ".csv" file results in the names being copied into the Name field just as you would if you typed a name in manually. All of the rules/tips for manually entering a Name apply to file-uploaded names: punctuation, wildcards, etc.

  1. From the NatureServe Explorer home page, click Search for Plants and Animals.
  2. In the Name tab,
  3. Under Search by Name
    • Click Expand
    • Enter the name of the .csv file or click Browse to select your file. This file must have the ".csv" suffix.
    • Click Upload File
  4. Click Search Now to retrieve all species that match your criteria.
  5. View the results.
Note: It is suggested that you upload no more than 300 names at a time. Any more than 300 names may result in your search timing out. Expect to wait up to 4 minutes for 300 names to process.

Tips for creating a comma-separated names (.csv) file

  • From a Microsoft Word document: Enter names with commas between each name, all on the same line (no returns or line breaks). Select File->Save As... For "Save as type", select Plain Text (.txt). Change the name of the file from suffix ".txt" to suffix ".csv". Click Ok.

  • From a Microsoft Excelb> document: All names must be on the same row. Only the first row will be imported. Select File->Save As... For "Save as type", select CSV (Comma-Separated) (.csv). Click Ok.

  • From a text file, using a plain text editor such as NotePad or WordPad: In Windows Explorer: New->Text File. Enter names with commas between each name, all on the same line (no returns or line breaks). Select File->Save As... Change the end of the file from ".txt" to ".csv". Click Ok.

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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