Searching for plant and animals by uploading a Comma-Separated (.csv) names file
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.
- From the NatureServe Explorer home page, click Search for Plants and Animals.
- In the Name tab,
- Under Search by Name
Click Search Now to retrieve all species that match your criteria.
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.
- 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
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.
Viewing and changing search criteria
Searching for plants and animals
Example of plant and animal searches
Combining species and ecological community
Using NatureServe Explorer