The NatureServe Species Schemas are documents that describe, in XML, species-level attributes
reflected in NatureServe's biodiversity data model.
The comprehensive species schema includes all species data managed at the global (i.e., range-wide) level by NatureServe that are currently accessible through the NatureServe Explorer website. The summary species schema includes species data managed at the subnational (i.e., state or provincial) level by the NatureServe network. These schemas apply to plant and animal species, and are not intended to
apply to data on ecological units managed by NatureServe or its network.
Species occurrence-level data as managed by the NatureServe network are described in two separate schemas.
This is the root of the XML schema hierarchy. All of the rest of the schemas are included from this file
and represent sub-elements below "species". If you would like to learn more about the species schemas start here.