NatureServe Web Services
Species Images Service
NatureServe Explorer provides access to a collection of species images. The Species Images Service provides direct access to the metadata for those images, including the URL's for the image files themselves. Searches may be conducted for a single species, or by wildcarded scientific or common name. Since an image may be available at multiple resolutions, the service can be asked, for instance, for just the thumbnail version. The URL's for related versions at other resolutions are shown in the response.
NOTE: Please ensure that any usage of an image complies with the terms and conditions shown in the termsAndConditions element. It is extremely important that the image permissions bestowed by the rights holder are respected and that the rights holder is credited whenever an image is displayed.
Exactly one of either the uid, scientificName or commonName parameters is required. If multiple parameters are presented, the service gives preference to uid, then scientificName, then commonName, and silently ignores the other supplied parameters.
|uid||The Unique ID for a single species in NatureServe Explorer, e.g., ‘ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.453627’.|
|scientificName||An asterisk (*) wildcarded species scientific name, e.g., ‘Aquila chry*’. Name matching is case-insensitive.|
|commonName||An asterisk (*) wildcarded species common name, e.g., ‘g*EAGLE’. Name matching is case-insensitive.|
An optional parameter, relevant to scientific or common name queries, that indicates whether to include synonymous names in the query, as follows.
An optional parameter that restricts output to images at a certain resolution.
The value can be of one of the following.
An optional parameter, relevant to scientific or common name queries,
that will indicate whether to restrict queries to ITIS names, as follows.
|Detailed documentation||http://services.natureserve.org/docs/schemas/biodiversityDataFlow/1/1/ documentation_ImageMetadataSchema_v1.1.xml|
|Ordering||Images are sorted according to the selection parameter used, therefore either by Unique ID, Scientific Name or Common Name.|
Sample service calls (live)
Get single species (Golden Eagle), all resolutions:
Get "*eagle", thumbnails only:
Get "Águila*", all common names [in any language], highest resolution only: