Help Using the Boston Harbor Islands Database

  1. Searching is not case sensitive
  2. Use the "All Taxonomy" field to enter any taxonomic level (e.g., class, order, family, genus, species)
  3. You can use the following symbols to perform more advanced searches:
    • "=" sign followed by a word will look for the exact spelling e.g., =Mantis will find all species of the genus Mantis but not Mantispa
    • "*"sign followed by a combination of letters will find all records having entries ending in this combination e.g., *cephalus will find Conocephalus, Brachycephalus etc.
    • "*"sign inserted between two combinations of letters will find all records having entries beginning and ending with these combinations e.g., v*sus will find vitosus, variolosus etc.
  4. To speed up the searches, try to use multiple criteria to limit the number of found records—the greatest time is spent in sorting large numbers of records