You may browse the catalogue in two ways, by family or by author. The more specific your search, the quicker it will be executed.
The 'Family browse' page includes a single dialogue box with a drop-down list of all families.
Click on the down arrow adjacent to the 'Select Family name' dialogue box, to display all the families included in this catalogue. Use the scroll bar to the right of the list to navigate to the family of your choice, then click to initiate a search.
The results will comprise a list of all genus-group names in the catalogue assigned to the selected family along with the author's name, year of publication and page(s). You may scroll through this list using the vertical scroll bar on the right-hand side of the page.
Clicking on one of the names in the list initiates a further search and returns specific information about the chosen genus-group name.
There is currently a limit on the number of records returned in response to a search (of about 3,000). If you need a list of the larger families, eg Noctuidae or Geometridae, then run an initial query on the family and make a note of the first letter in the last genus-group name in the returned list. Subsequently run addiitonal queries by selecting the same family and type the first letter of the last genus-group name in the 'Genus' field set to 'starts with'. Repeat the query using Genus 'starts with' for each remaining letter of the alphabet.
The 'Author browse' page includes all the letters of the alphabet for which authors are included. Clicking on one of these letters initiates a query which returns a list of all the authors' names beginning with the letter you have chosen.
Clicking on a particular author's name in the list initiates a search for all the genus-group names attributed to that author plus the family to which they have been assigned in this catalogue, along with the author's name, year of publication and page(s). You may scroll through this list using the vertical scroll bar on the right-hand side of the page.
Clicking on one of the genus-group names in the list initiates a further search and returns specific information about the chosen genus-group name.
The most prolific authors in this catalogue - Meyrick, Walker, Hampson, Hübner and Warren - all described or named less than 3,000 genus-group names. The limit of 3,000 records will therefore not affect the numbers of genus-group names returned in response to a search.
The final results include all of the information about the genus-group name included in this catalogue. Results are split into a number of boxes (labelled in green) which always include a 'Genus' box giving the genus-group name, author, year of publication, publication, volume, series, part and page(s).
The status, family and subfamily, and number of homonyms are displayed in three boxes labelled 'Status', 'Family & subfamily' and 'Homonyms' respectively.
If a type-species has been designated, then the relevant information about the type-species is displayed in a 'Type-species' box and the method of designation and reference in a 'Type-species designation' box. Basic information about type material of the type-species is displayed in a 'Type specimens' box. This includes the depository in parentheses (where known) following the reference to the type-designation.
Where relevant, notes about the genus-group name are displayed in a 'Notes' box.
If the name has a senior name, this is displayed in a 'Senior sname' box. Each senior name has a hyperlink. Clicking a senior name will initiate another search and return the appropriate catalogue entry.
If the name has a junior name then this is displayed in a 'Junior name(s)' box. Each junior name has a hyperlink. Clicking a junior name will initiate another search and return the appropriate catalogue entry.
If you notice any errors or omissions, the senior author would be extremely grateful if you would notify him. Click on the 'Submit correction/addition' hyperlink near the foot of the response page to launch your default mail program and create an email addressed ready for you to type in your correction or addition. Once you have sent the email, minimise or close your email program to return to the catalogue.
Last updated 20-Feb-2004 Dr B R Pitkin