Search Help
There are several search scopes to available:

For more information of the data content see Searching for Information

  • Search by drilling down the TAXA TREE on the right
  • Search by Name
  • Search by Literature
  • Search by Collection
  • Search by Host
  • Search by Description
  • Other searches such as by Key, by Image, etc.
The TAXON TREE

In the right hand frame there is a basic tree of the taxa. By clicking on the 'plus'  or 'minus'  to expand or collapse the tree the search can be made by 'drilling down' to the name wanted and then click on the name to bring up its details. The plus indicates that there are subordinate taxa under name.

Two basic search types

For each of the above searches (except Literature) there are two basic search types, a simple search and an advanced search.

Simple search
The simple search utilises a Google style text string entry. It also includes a tick box so an upper and lower range can be used. Use the following format for more comprehensive searches:

 Key word or key character use Meaning
 space (character) AND (adding a word or phrase to the search)
 AND (word) AND (adding a word or phrase to the search)
 + (character) AND (adding a word or phrase to the search)
 NOT (word) NOT (eliminate a word or phrase from the search)
Use NOT and OR together to limit your search.
NOT has a higher precedence than OR.
 - (character) NOT (eliminate a word or phrase from the search)
Use NOT and OR together to limit your search.
NOT has a higher precedence than OR.
 double quote (character) PHRASE
 * or % (character) not used for input but implied in search and results
 LIKE (word) not used for input but implied in search and results

Advanced search
The advanced search feature allows you to choose a field you want to search on and allows up to three ANDs and three ORs within a search query. You can choose to search by whole word or partial word by ticking or unticking the Whole Word checkbox and you can search anywhere in the field or just the beginning of the field by ticking or unticking the Anywhere checkbox.