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Our catalog: Genera distribution maps

Last updated on 12-Dec-2021
Juan Miguel Artigas Azas,

" In this issue I will cover genera distribution maps, which is a great way of understanding the distribution of the most closely related species "

You can access a particular genus distribution map by clicking on the “Map” tab inside the genus page. Once you do, a map covering the area of distribution for the genus is shown to you, the map will have colored dots, each color corresponding to a particular species, the label relating color and species is found under the map.


Clicking on any of the species names will link you directly to the distribution map for the particular species. For some of the genus, particularly those with many species, we may want to limit the number of species that are shown in the distribution map. For that purpose you can just checkmark the species for which you want to see and compare their distribution, once you do, just click on the “map” button under the species list to get the desired distributions. In this way you can request distribution maps for any combination of species.


While hovering your mouse pointer by the distribution spots in the map, you will get a label telling you the particular species found at that spot. At this point, if you are curious enough, you can click on the spot and a link will take you to the origin of a mapping, this could be a museum collection record, a locality page for which the species has been registered in a reference, or the iNaturalist record from which we got the information. Every single distribution spot you see in a map is supported, so we can present you with the best information available.

Try out the genera distribution maps for your favorite genera, your understanding about them will surely increase.


Artigas Azas, Juan Miguel. (December 12, 2021). "Our catalog: Genera distribution maps". Cichlid Room Companion. Retrieved on January 19, 2022, from: