Help

These pages are designed to help users query AVH, work with results and interpret specimen data. If you have any queries that are not addressed by these pages, please e-mail avh(at)chah(dot)org(dot)au.

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An explanation of the different fields and concepts in the herbarium specimen records.

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6 thoughts on “Help

  1. Andi Cairns

    Hi – I’ve been having trouble searching for bryophytes on AVH. Up until two weeks ago it worked very well…now when I search for some names e.g. Camptochaete excavata, the name pops up (generated by the AVH site) but the result of the search is ‘No records found’. This does not happen with all names; a search for Campylopus (genus only) produced over 2000 records, a search for Camptochaete produced none.

    Advice gratefully received!
    Thanks
    Andi

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Andi, it’s Niels. Searching for bryophyte names has been a problem since July last year (I think), when it was decided not to default to Catalog of Life for plant names any more (I wasn’t involved in that decision). Since then the search for moss names has been very spotty, working for some names and not for others. I have very recently submitted Ausmoss to ALA; this should fix the problem. I have seen it working on an ALA test server and have been told it would be a couple of weeks before the changes will come through. So it could be any time now.

      In the meantime you can use the ‘Full text search’ (under ‘Specimen’) in the ‘Advanced search’. This uses the provided scientific name instead of the processed one, so shouldn’t have the same problems: http://avh.ala.org.au/occurrences/search?q=text%3ACamptochaete%20excavata. Or just type in ‘text:Camptochaete excavata’ in the Quick search box.

      Niels

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  2. Roslyn Glow

    I am trying to search for the history of the identification of Rhodanthe moschata. For example I would like to know where and when it was first collected/identified in Australia, and the history of its name changes. As I am neither a botanist nor an historian, I forsee some difficulties. Any help would be appreciated.

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    1. admin Post author

      Hi Roslyn,

      Thanks for your enquiry. Looking at AVH, the earliest specimen currently identified as Rhodanthe moschata was collected in 1847 (MEL 0110646A).
      The Australian Plant Name Index provides publication details for the synonyms of Rhodanthe moschata, and will give an overview of how the different names have been used. However, it sounds like you might be interested in more detailed information about how the names have been applied, which would involve examining the identification history on individual specimens, as most herbaria only provide the most recent determination to AVH. Where the identifcation history is provided for a particular specimen, it will be listed under ‘Previous identifications’ in the record detail page.

      Good luck with your research,

      Alison

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  3. Peter Dowling

    Dear Sir, Madam
    Diuris Punctulata -

    I have seen a plant on the Boundary Creek Glen Fernaigh many years ago. It is located at least 25 km north the Ebor colony – growing on shallow loan on basalt.
    How do we go about recording this location?
    Peter

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    1. admin Post author

      Dear Peter,

      Australia’s Virtual Herbarium only includes records based on herbarium specimens, so we couldn’t record the location you mentioned unless a specimen of Diuris punctata from that locality was lodged in one of the herbaria that deliver specimen data to AVH. You can submit an un-vouchered, observational record of a species via the Atlas of Living Australia (see ‘Record a sighting’ under the ‘Share’ menu at the bottom of the page).

      Best wishes,

      Alison

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