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To get a better understanding of the NatureServe Explorer database and search techniques, try these name searches. Type in a whole scientific or common name or a GRANK (global ranking). Or, use part of the name with wildcards, ignore punctuation, and AND/OR to find out how the results differ using the various techniques.

Note: NatureServe Explorer is updated regularly, so your results may differ after each update.

Plants

Try searching for these plants by one criterion or by a combination of whole or partial names from either the scientific or common name with the GRANK (global ranking for conservation significance). If you use partial names, place a wildcard ( * ) in various positions to view how its placement determines results.

Scientific Name Common Name GRANK
Salix chlorolepis green scaled willow G1
Scirpus halli Hall's bulrush G2
Gentianopsis Victorinii Victorin's gentian G2Q
Echinacea atrorubens Topeka purple coneflower G3
Tsuga canadensis eastern hemlock G5

Animals

Try searching for these animals by one criterion or by a combination of whole or partial names from either the scientific or common name with the GRANK (global ranking for conservation significance). If you use partial names, place a wildcard ( * ) in various positions to view how its placement determines results.

Scientific Name Common Name GRANK
Alasmidonta heterodon dwarf wedgemussel G1G2
Lycaena dospassosi salt marsh copper G2
Megaptera novaeagliae humpback whale G3
Canis lupus gray wolf G4
Oncorhynchus nerka pop 1* sockeye salmon - Snake River G5T1Q

*Salmon are classified by populations. However, searching by pop 1 is not recommended here.

Communities

Try searching for these communities by one criterion or by a combination of the scientific or common name and GRANK (global ranking for conservation significance). Use whole or partial names. Try searches with ignore punctuation turned off and on to find how this option affects your results.

Scientific name Common name GRANK
Artemisia nova / Stipa comata Dwarf-shrubland Black Sagebrush / Needle-and-Thread Dwarf-shrubland G3?
Abies grandis - Tsuga heterophylla / Clintonia uniflora Forest Grand fir - Western hemlock/Bride's-bonnet forest G2

Taxonomic and combined searches

Try searching for these species and communities by their formal and informal taxonomic trees to understand how taxonomic searches can give you more precise results. Then, try combining a species search and a community search to view how these results appear.

See also:

Searching plants and animals
Searching for ecological communities
Searching for plants and animals by group
Searching for ecological communities by group
Combining species and ecological communty searches
Setting user preferences
Understanding the results

 

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