HerpNET Gazetteer


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If you are downloading data to be georeferenced, please peruse the Georeferencing Guidelines and Steps before you begin your query.
Read below to learn how to construct queries.

Country
State
Island Group Locality ID

Geographic
Region

Type text into the Geographic Region field if you want
to search a concatenation of all of the geography fields.
Type an asterisk (*) as a wild card character (after three or
more characters) to do a "begins with" search.
Institution


The HerpNET Gazetteer is a snapshot of locality data taken from the databases of 36 collaborating institutions in 2003. Participating institutions use this gazetteer to search for and download localities from a particular geographic region for georeferencing. Of note when downloading localities, no MVZ (Berkeley) localities should be georeferenced. Please read and follow all georeferencing steps before proceeding.

Begin your search by entering a value in one of the Gazetteer fields. Fields with drop-down lists show all of the possible values for that attribute. Those attributes with text boxes have too many values to show in a list. Font searches are not case sensitive.

Use the State attribute to search for a State or Province in Canada, Mexico or the United States.

The Geographic Region attribute consists of a comma-delimited, concatenated string of all of the other geography attributes, in the following order:

StandardCountry:ContinentOcean:Sea:IslandGroup:Island:Country:StateProvince:County:Quad:Feature

Searches in the Geographic Region attribute include localities for which the higher geography is in question. Example:
  • "Ecuador*" is entered into the Geographic Region search field in the Gazetteer. Those localities with "Ecuador?" in the Continent, Country, Island Group, State, County or Quad fields will be returned.
  • In cases were the locality indicates more than one possible higher geography value, the locality will be returned when each of the possibilities is queried for. So if the Country is "Ecuador/Peru" for a specific locality, this locality will be returned when one searches for "Ecuador" or for "Peru". These ambiguous localities are counted as being part of all geographic regions.

The Locality ID attribute is used to search if the "Unique Locality ID" is known. Georeferencers can display the entire locality record on-line using this feature. This can be extremely useful, as some specific localities have more characters than will be seen either in the Excel or Access downloads. By using the Locality ID search, the entire record can be displayed to aid in more exact georeferencing. This feature should be used while the georeferencers are working.

Please note that the names used here do not match the attribute names used by every institution. Country name designations follow ISO official short names in English as much as possible. Exceptions are localities that do not have specific country information associated with them (e.g. Africa) so the next highest geographic region is listed.


Updated CL Spencer, 14 August 2006.