Species information

Why can’t I find a species I know exists?
While the ALA goes to considerable effort to aggregate available information about all Australian species, there are some circumstances in which the ALA may...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 9:52 AM
Why do some pages have little data?
Because the ALA relies on others to provide data it can only display the data it has. As more data is provided, more content will appear on pages. If yo...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 10:02 AM
Why are there duplicate species?
The ALA is bringing together information from many sources and seeks to link together information provided under different scientific names, where these name...
Tue, 8 May, 2018 at 1:19 PM
Why does a species have the wrong name?
Some species in the ALA are linked to the wrong part of the taxonomic hierarchy and are presented with an incorrect classification. For example: The summa...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 10:06 AM
Why are there few expert species distributions in the ALA?
The ALA displays expert distributions through the Spatial Portal. We would like to expand the number of expert distributions we have, so we are interested i...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 10:08 AM
Why doesn’t the ALA display any pest information?
The ALA is collaborating with a range of partners such as the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources to obtain high quality pest status information. T...
Tue, 8 May, 2018 at 1:23 PM
Why are there so many conservation status classifications?
The Australian Government, and each Australian state and territory, has legislation protecting flora and fauna, and each uses its own classifications for co...
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 10:11 AM
Where can I find species lists?
Lists of sensitive species can be found on the ALA Species lists page.
Tue, 13 Nov, 2018 at 10:15 AM
Why don't the name source links on ALA's species pages go to the right place?
The Names tab on a species page (or a genus page, family page etc. contains information about the name of a species and the Classification tab shows its pos...
Mon, 7 Oct, 2019 at 2:46 PM
Why are Dingoes not represented in the Atlas?
The Atlas of Living Australia draws its taxonomic information from a number of sources. For animals, this includes the Australian Faunal Directory, who curr...
Fri, 12 Mar, 2021 at 2:25 PM