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Northeast Coastal and Barrier Network (NCBN)

Park Species Lists

Eastern spadefoot toad (Scaphiopus h. holbrookii), Cape Cod National Seashore
Eastern spadefoot toad (Scaphiopus h. holbrookii), Cape Cod National Seashore

The core of the Species Lists inventory is NPSpecies, which is part of the IRMA information system. NPSpecies is a compilation of existing species lists and evidence records (vouchers, scientific documents, and observation records) that support the species occurrence for vertebrates and vascular plants in more than 270 parks with significant natural resources.

NPSpecies supports NPS staff and collaborators at the park, network, regional, and national levels by managing basic park-level species information, and making this information available to other applications and databases for more specialized analyses.

The species lists generated with the tool below have gone through a certification process that involves evaluation and review of the species information by subject matter experts and park staff. However, the lists are works in progress and absence of a species from the list does not necessarily indicate its absence from the park, since it is possible that formal census techniques targeting rare, unique, cryptic or seasonally present species were not used. In the Full List with Details, the Occurrence, Abundance, and Nativeness fields have also been reviewed and certified by experts. For more information on these categories and other definitions, see the NPSpecies Help documentation.

Common names are based on the park's preferred common names list if available, or else from ITIS (Integrated Taxonomic Information System).

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What's the difference?

A Checklist A Checklist contains only those species that are designated as "present" or "probably present" in the park.

The Full List with Details includes all the Checklist species plus species that are unconfirmed, historically detected, or incorrectly reported in the park. The Full List also contains species that are "in review" because their status in the park hasn't been fully determined. Additional details about the status of each species is included in the Full List.

The Checklist will almost always contain fewer species than the Full List.

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