The Public Data Portal supports queries based on taxonomy(scientific names only), geography, attribution fields (i.e. collectors and taxonomists), specimen depositories, project or dataset codes, specimen and sequence identifiers (sampleids, museumids, processed, etc). Free text searches are allowed, the system will try to extract meaningful terms from the search. Search terms should be separated by a space, search terms containing more than one word ("United States" or "Mus musculus") should be wrapped in quotes.
Search examples (Searches are case insensitive):
Culicidae: will return all the mosquitoes in the database
Mammalia Aves: will return all the mammals and birds in the database. Using two terms under the same context (taxonomic in this case), returns all records that match either term.
Aves Peru: will return all the birds collected in Peru. Using two terms under a different context (taxonomic and geographic), returns records that only match both terms.
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"Biodiversity Institute of Ontario" Lepidoptera Florida: will return all moths and butterflies in the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario collection that were collected in Florida. Complex queries are possible by combining multiple search terms.
No spaces in terms when using a multiterm seach (correct: "United States" Mammalia)
Negative symbol (-) is an exclusion operator which must be preceded by a space
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Canadian National Collection of Insects, Arachnids and Nematodes - 
Colorado State University - 
Colorado State University, C. P. Gillette Museum of Arthropod Diversity - 
Mined from GenBank, NCBI - 
Minot State University - 
Research Collection of B. C. Schmidt - 
Research Collection of Norbert G. Kondla - 
University of Guelph, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics - 
Biodiversity Institute of Ontario - 
Alison Forde -  CBG Photography Group -  Chad Whitmell -  Evi Buckner-Opler -  Jaclyn McCormick -  Jay Cossey -  Jim Moore -  Paul A. Opler -  Paul Opler - 
Andrew Warren -  B Beck -  B. C. -  B. Landry -  BIObus 2008 -  Barb Beck -  BioBus 2011 -  Biobus 2010 -  Biobus 2011 -  C.Harp -  Charles Slater -  Chuah -  D.Marsden -  DL Threatful -  Dave Threatful -  David Marsden -  David Threatful -  E.Buckner -  E.M.Pike -  F & J Preston -  Hoe H. -  Ilya Osipov -  J. & F.Preston -  J.Brock -  Jim Beck -  Jim Brock -  Jim Moore -  K.Davenport -  Ken Davenport -  Marc Grinnell -  N. Bloomfield -  N.Bloomfield -  NG Kondla -  Norbert Kondla -  P & E Opler -  P. & E. Opler -  P.A. & E.M. Opler -  P.A. Opler & E. Buckner-Opler -  P.Opler -  Paul A. Opler -  Paul A. Opler and Evi Buckner-Opler -  Paul A. and Evi Opler -  Paul Opler -  Paul Opler and Evi Buckner-Opler -  Paul Opler and Jim Brock -  Ronald Alan Royer -  Schmidt -  Steve Kohler -  Stuart and Ament -  T.Glik -  T.Pike -  W.Kerling - 
BOLD ID Engine -  Bjorn C. Schmidt -  David Marsden -  Jacopo Dercole -  Jim M. Moore -  Kate Perez -  Norbert Kondla -  Paul Opler -  Ronald Alan Royer -  Vlad Dinca -