Biology Search Help
The Biology data presented here consists of indices of mammal, herptile, and
bird specimens in the SBCM collections. The lists are a work in progress and
some terms may not reflect recent taxonomic changes.
Queries of the databases operate by searching collection records for any string
of characters entered in the Search Terms box. Search terms are not case
Search Term entered. Example: Entering the term
mojave in a
search of the herptile data will return all records that contain that term in
any of the data fields, such as
Mojave Fringe-toed Lizard and Salvadora hexalepis
mojavensis. Use Search
Terms in the Singular form, not plural. Example: Use
skunk, not skunks.
Partial Terms may be entered in the Search Term box. Example:
Entering the term chr
in a search of the bird data will return records of the genus/species
pictus, Vermivora chrysoptera,
Multiple Terms may be entered in the Search Term box, separated by a
space. Example: Entering the terms
desert in a search of the mammal data will return all records
containing those terms, such
rat), and Neotoma
lepida intermedia (desert
wood rat). This is an "AND" search.
To Narrow the Search, view results of the first search; reenter more
exact terms in the Search Term box.
To Sort the retrieved data, single-click on a column heading.
To reverse the sort, click again on the column heading.
SEARCHABLE BIOLOGY DATABASE FIELDS INCLUDE:
Family = The taxonomic family to which a specimen has been identified.
Genus/Species = The specific taxonomic name to which a specimen has been
Common Name = The common name attributed to the specimen.
Synonym = Other taxonomic or common names attributed to the specimen.
(Not yet entered for bird data.)
Specimen Count = The unverified number of specimens present in the SBCM
The online database only represents a portion of the collections. More data will
be made available through frequent updates of this database. The intent of the
online index at this point in time is simply to demonstrate the breadth of the
collections. Researchers should direct queries concerning collections to the
curatorial staff for more complete information. Also note that electronic
collections data are only proxies for actual objects. Although the database is
regularly checked for quality its accuracy is not guaranteed. If you notice an
error or omission, or for further information, please contact the curator,
Sibley, Charles F., and Burt L. Monroe, Jr. 1990. Distribution and Taxonomy of
Birds of the World. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Hall, E. Raymond. 1981. Mammals of North America, 2nd edition, Vol. I and II.
New York: John Wiley & Sons.
Ingles, Lloyd G. 1965. Mammals of the Pacific States. Stanford: Stanford
Crother, Brian I. 2000. Committee Chair. Scientific and Standard English Names
of Amphibians and Reptiles of North America, North of Mexico, with Comments
Regarding Confidence in our Understanding. Society for the Study of Amphibians
and Reptiles, Herpetological Circular 29, John J. Moriarty, editor.