1. Help for unregistered users
  2. Help for registered users
  3. Help for trusted users

Help for unregistered users

As an unregistered user you can use the system for information purposes and for research. Most functions are accessible via the menu.

Records are highlighted as follows:

approved, valid record
unapproved record
deleted record
implausible record
record from different source


The following restrictions apply for unregistered users:

There are two ways to add new data:

  1. You can register for the Members' Area of the main pages, and then log into the Atlas and enter new data. This method is recommended if you want to add a large amount of data or if you add data regularly.
  2. You can send a message to the editors, containing all necessary data. The editors will then add the data. This method is recommended if you only want to add single records or only want to add data occasionaly.

Help for registered users

As a registered user you can use the system for information purposes and for research, and you can add new data yourself. Most functions are accessible via the menu.


The following restrictions apply for registered users:

Record data

Species records can not the duplicates. The combination of the following record fields should be unique:

The system does allow to add multiple records with the same combination of the above data fields. However, in irregular intervals they will be de-duplicated, i. e. they are combined to one, and the numbers of individuals are summed up.

The maturity state should correspond with the record date. For example, if you collect a specimen in an immature state, raise it to maturity, and then identify the species, the record should contain the collection date as record date and the maturity state “immature”. You should add the date of maturity to the comments to document that the identification was based on the adult individual.

When the precise collection date is known, leave empty the second (end) date field. If the date is not known precisely, use the start date and end date of the range (e.g. date of setting up a trap, and date of emptying the trap). If the date is known even less precisely, use the dates of the possible range (e.g. first and last day of month).

You can upload images for each record with the icon. These images may help the editors verifying the identification.


Registered users have the possibility to bookmark locations, species, families, record sources and biotope types. This can be done by clicking on the icon. A set bookmark is displayed as . A temporary bookmark is displayed as (these bookmarks are automatically set when a location etc. is used; they are limited in number and lifetime). All bookmarks are listed on the dashboard.

Whenever a location, species, family, record source or biotope type needs to be selected in a form, you can use the button to make the selection. You can then select from your bookmarked items instead of the very long list of all items of that type.

There's a user setting that controls whether for items created by yourself a bookmark is added automatically.

Help for trusted users

This used group was created for users who deliver larger numbers of records which typically are correct. The differences to normal users are: