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Species orientated: Information about a species
Find a species by a synonym
Print/save details for one species
See fossil record for a species
  Bibliographic: Use the species/full bibliography
Find references for a site
  Site orientated: Site summary information
Site countsheets (abundance data)
Create a Site Report
Dating evidence for a site
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To find information about a species

BugsCEP contains the following data for each species (note that not all species have data in all fields):
referenced extracts from texts on ecology & distribution; synonyms, UK RDB (Red Data Book) status; Quaternary fossil record; coded ecological summary (two systems); taxonomic notes; size attributes

  1. Make sure the BugsCEP screen is visible (use the toolbar to get there)
  2. Use the drop down box on the left of the screen titled "Genus" to locate the desired Genus - You can either use the scroll bars that appear to move alphabetically, or you can type the Genus into the box - Bugs will search as you type, so entering the full Genus is usually not necessary - press ENTER when your Genus appears in the box.
  3. Select the appropriate Species from the list titled "Species in Genus" underneath the Genus box. The details of this species will be shown, and the full species name displayed towards the top of the screen.
  4. Both the up/down arrows under the "Species in Genus" list, and the Page Up/Page Down keys allow you to move through species taxonomically. (Note that the keys will not have this function if a text box is selected
  5. Use the data tabs (shown below) to read the relevant information...

Alternatively, you can find a species using the Taxonomic Explorer (shown below), which pops up when you click on the [TaxoBrowser] button.

There is also the CODEBrowser - which allows you to browse and search using the European taxonomic codes (Bugs modification)


To find a species by a synonym

  1. Click the [Synonyms Browser] button on the main BugsCEP screen.
  2. Search for the synonym with the [Find synonym] button
  3. Press the [Goto Species in Main Screen] button to show the data for the species


Print or save the details of ONE species

  1. Find the species as described above.
  2. Click the [Export] button in the bottom left corner.
  3. Confirm the export on the popup by clicking continue.
    Note that the export system uses part of the BugsCEP Search System, so if you have a search active it will be aborted...
  4. Choose the type of export from the selection list, and click [Preview/Export Report].
  5. The report preview screen will open from which can:
    - Print it by either clicking the [Print] button
    - Export it to MS Word
    - Export it to MS Excel
       Remember to save the report in Word or Excel!
  6. Click [Close Report Preview] when you are finished.
- Export of reports other than countsheets to Excel can be unpredictable in terms of layout, and not always useful.
- The 'Just the names' report is pretty useless for jsut one species!


To see the fossil record for a species

Fossil records are enumerated from the abundance data stored within dated samples for the sites. Choosing 'All Samples' on the options will also list all occurences that are not dated - such as modern collection data.

  1. Find the species as described above
  2. Click the [Fossil/Site Records] tab towards the top of the screen
  3. Choose the type of dating evidence - Calendar/Radiometric/Period
  4. You can choose to show either:
    - Only records where the species is found in samples that have been assigned a date, or
    - All records where the species is present
    The latter will show sites where dating evidence is either missing or irrelevant.
  1. From this screen you can click the [Show Selected Site] button to show summary information for any site listed. You can then access references, details of the dating evidence and countsheets for the site, or even create a variety of reports from the site data.
  2. The site information screen for Aghnadarragh in County Antrim, Ireland* is shown below. Abundance data is accessed through the [Manage Countsheets & Create Reports] button.

* References

McCabe, A.M., Coope, G. R., Gennard, D. E. & Doughty, P. (1987). Freshwater organic deposits and stratified sediments between Early and Late Midlandian (Devensian) till sheets at Aghnadarragh, County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Journal of Quaternary Science, 2, 11-34.


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Last edited:
October 28, 2009