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Instructions for Linking Directly to the ITIS Standard Report

It is possible to perform a query of ITIS data from another website and link to the results within the context of the ITIS Standard Report. This is accomplished by composing a URL link that passes your search criteria to our search facility. If more than one name record matches your search criteria, an intermediate list is presented with links to individual Standard Reports. We ask that your links clearly identify the source of the information as the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS).

The URL should be composed in the following format (without any spaces or breaks):

http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?
search_topic=AAAA&search_value=BBBB&search_kingdom=CCCC
&search_span=DDDD&categories=All&source=html&search_credRating=All

Where:

Value

Should be changed to one of the following
(please note capitalization):
AAAA
  • Scientific_Name
  • Common_Name
  • all
  • TSN
BBBB
  • any text or numeric search criteria
  • spaces should be replaced with %20
CCCC
  • every
  • Animal
  • Plant
  • Fungal
  • Monera
DDDD
  • exactly_for
  • containing
  • starting_with
  • ending_with

For example (without any spaces or breaks):

To search all common names in all kingdoms for any name that includes blue-

http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?
search_topic=Common_Name&search_value=blue&search_kingdom=every
&search_span=containing&categories=All&source=html&search_credRating=All

To search for the Taxonomic Serial Number (TSN) 18746 in the Plant Kingdom-

http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?
search_topic=TSN&search_value=18746&search_kingdom=Plant
&search_span=exactly_for&categories=All&source=html&search_credRating=All

Some browsers will not correctly interpret the spaces between words when passing multiple word search criteria. We recommend the use of "%20" instead of a space when passing a multiple word search criteria. For example, to search for the scientific name Quercus robur:

http://www.itis.gov/servlet/SingleRpt/SingleRpt?
search_topic=Scientific_Name&
search_value=Quercus%20robur&search_kingdom=Plant&
search_span=exactly_for&categories=All&source=html&search_credRating=All

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