Life Collections: how to search the databases

The databases can be searched on any one or combination of the fields on the form. If two or more search criteria are entered, the search will return only those records that match all the criteria.

The search is not case-sensitive.

If only part of the field is entered, the search will return all the records that have any data that match the search criteria. For example, searching for 'crow' in the common name field in the Birds database will return specimens from all species that include the word 'crow' anywhere within their common name. In this example specimens from almost 70 different species would be displayed including Carrion Crow, American Crow, Crow-billed Drongo, Red-ruffed Fruitcrow and Blue Crowned Pigeon.

Horseshoe crab from the collection

In the Darwin's Crustacea database it is also possible to restrict the selection of records to those that have associated images.

A summary table of search results for the selected records is then returned. It is then possible to view full specimen details for any record in the summary table by clicking on the appropriate reference number.

Enquiries regarding the collections should be sent to:


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