What is this?

Biodata Explorer takes biological observation data from the Atlas of Living Australia and makes it easy to search, map, and learn about the species and ecological communites of Australia.

How do I use it?

Simple search is just a plain text query of all searchable fields of the ALA data. You can insert any text into this box. Try 'Gilovitz' - that will return all the occurrence records from specimens that I have collected that have been lodged in any of the institutions that feed data into the ALA, or you could query a common or scientific name of any species

The advanced search form offers inputs for species, genus, and family names. This only works with exact names, so you need to know the spelling of the name you are looking for. You may complete any or all of these fields, but in most cases, there is no need to complete more than one - for instance, if you put "Acacia" into the genus field, the results will not be improved by putting "Fabaceae" into the family field, and putting anything else except that into the family field will not return any results at all. The advanced search also offers the ability to limit the search results to the area of the map itself. This is useful when looking for information about species occurring in a particular area. Because there is a limit of 1000 occurrences displayed in a search result, searching for a general term (eg Acacia) without limiting results geographically may result in little or no information about your area of interest. Ticking the 'Restrict map to search area' box ensures that the 1000 results all occur within your area of interest.

Please get in touch if there are any particular features that you would find useful.

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