Wildlife Online is an application that allows you to request species lists for:
- protected areas (e.g. national parks, conservation areas)
- forestry areas (state forests and timber reserves)
- local government areas.
You can also customise your own search area by using coordinates—latitudes and longitudes.
Species profile search
The Species profile search facility also enables you to find species information such as species names, notes and images for Queensland’s native and naturalised plants and animals. You can download species records in a number of formats.
Wildlife Online and the Species profile search facility both access data from the WildNet database. This database contains records of wildlife sightings and listings of plants (including fungi and protists), mammals, birds, amphibians, reptiles, freshwater fish, sharks and rays, butterflies and other priority invertebrates in Queensland.
The wildlife lists are based on collated species lists and wildlife records (within 2000 metres or less) from Queensland Government departments and external organisations. The data sources include:
- specimen collections
- research and monitoring programs
- inventory programs including extension activities
- literature records
- wildlife permit returns
- community wildlife recording programs.
Things to consider about our data
The wildlife data is constantly being collated and vetted, so if a species isn’t on a list, it does not necessarily mean it doesn’t occur there, only that the records are not on the WildNet database.
Also, because the database contains collection data from the 1700s, it does not mean a particular species still inhabits the area. To return more recent information, conduct searches using the more recent records (only records since 1980) option (not available in the selected area option).
Our lists are provided either as an Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) or text file, delivered via email.
Wildlife Online outputs contain the following information:
- search criteria—provides information about the processed request, including:
- the Wildlife Online module used
- options selected for species type, Queensland status, records, date and area name
- information entered such as coordinates, distance and email address
- date submitted
- date extracted
- the number of records retrieved (i.e. number of unique taxa or unique wildlife entities included in the output).
- disclaimer—a copy of the disclaimer present on Wildlife Online.
What to find on our lists
The wildlife list includes the following fields:
- kingdom—the common name for the kingdom of the taxon (i.e. animals, plants, fungi or protists)
- class—the common name for the class of the taxon (e.g. amphibians, birds, mammals, ferns, monocots)
- family—the family name of the taxon (e.g. Hylidae, Asteraceae)
- scientific name—the scientific name of the taxon. The PDF version has this column italicised.
- common name—the preferred common name of the taxon. As a species can be known by many common names and a common name can be used for multiple species, not all taxa have been allocated a preferred common name.
- introduced flag (I)—a flag to indicate an introduced species. Introduced species are those that naturally occur interstate or overseas but have naturalised and now occur in Queensland in the wild.
- Queensland conservation status (Q)—a taxon’s status under the Nature Conservation Act 1992. The available codes are:
- extinct in the wild (PE)
- endangered (E)
- vulnerable (V)
- near threatened (NT)
- special least concern (SL)
- least concern (C).
- Australian conservation status (A)—a taxon’s status under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act 1999. The available codes are:
- conservation dependent (CD)
- critically endangered (CE)
- endangered (E)
- extinct (EX)
- extinct in the wild (XW)
- vulnerable (V).
- records—the number of records of the taxon within the area selected:
- The first number indicates the total number of records of the taxon for the record option selected (i.e. all, confirmed or specimens). The number 99999 is given if it equals or exceeds this value.
- The second number located after the / indicates the number of specimen records for the taxon. The number 999 is given if it equals or exceeds this value.
Note: The selected area output only includes the first number. Also, the number of records shown is not the sum of the total number of individuals recorded—it is the total of records retrieved for the taxon.
Information presented on this product is distributed by the Queensland Government as an information source only.
While every care is taken to ensure the accuracy of this data, the State of Queensland makes no statements, representations or warranties about the accuracy, reliability, completeness or suitability of any information contained in this product.
The State of Queensland disclaims all responsibility for information contained in this product and all liability (including liability in negligence) for all expenses, losses, damages and costs you may incur as a result of the information being inaccurate or incomplete in any way for any reason.
Information about your Wildlife Online search request is logged for quality assurance, user support and product enhancement purposes only.
The average file size is 300 kilobytes.
Requests are processed every 15 minutes between the hours of 4am and 11pm daily, although scheduled outages and system maintenance can cause delays up to 24 hours.