Species dictionaries used on iSpot

Species dictionaries used on iSpot - Global : iSpot users are provided with standard lists of scientific and vernacular names, from recognised sources (see below). The species dictionary that you will see on iSpot depends on the location of the observation that you are adding a name to - iSpot will o

iSpot users are provided with standard lists of scientific and vernacular names, from recognised sources (see below). The species dictionary that you will see on iSpot depends on the location of the observation that you are adding a name to - iSpot will offer names from the most relevant species dictionary at that location.

When adding identifications to iSpot, we would strongly recommend that wherever possible you choose names from the drop-down lists, and then use the "Get recommended" button. This helps ensure clear and consistent identifications, and enables links both within iSpot (e.g. via the taxonomic hierarchy) and to external sites (such as Encyclopedia of Life).

We are very grateful to the organisations that have made species dictionaries available to us (see below). Further dictionaries for other parts of the world will be added as the iSpot partnership grows.

United Kingdom and Ireland

If you add an identification to an observation from UK and Ireland, the species names on the site are based on the UK Species Inventory, maintained by the Natural History Museum in London.

Southern Africa

If you add an identification to an observation from Southern Africa, the species names on the site are taken from a dictionary compiled by the South African National Biodiversity Institute.

Other countries, and Global

If you add an identification to an observation from elsewhere in the world, the species names on the site are based on the Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2013 Annual Checklist, compiled through a remarkable global partnership. The content is contributed by an array of some 200+ expert taxonomic databases world-wide, involving over 3,000 taxonomic specialists: the Global Species Databases.

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10 Oct 2013
Martin Harvey