Submit an ARDS card through us!

People come to us with their lizard and frog sightings from all around the country, including with photographs. The Department of Conservation's Amphibian and Reptile Distribution Scheme (ARDS) is the process in which location records are deposited into DOC BioWeb Herpetofauna database (a restricted-access database). These records then contribute to the ATLAS maps which you can see here.

ARDS Card

If you want to submit an ARDS card to DOC through us, please submit the required details in the form below.

*First Name:
*Last Name:
*Telephone:
*E-Mail:
Postal Address
Town

Affiliation:

This is usually for professionals associated with an ecological society or similar. Do not worry if you are not affiliated to any such organisation.

Location Details:

Species name:

If you are unable to identify the species at all, but have photographs, submit the ARDS card anyway.

Number of lizards seen:

Date and time of sighting:

Georeferencing:

It is preferable to provide DOC with GPS waypoint co-ordinates, but you may be able to use physical topographical maps to estimate the location, in instances where no GPS waypoints are available. You can also use Google Maps to find the latitude and longitude instead (see below).

Easting   
Northing

Don't forget to identify the geodectic datum/map projection below.

NZ Transverse Mercator Projection (NZTM)
New Zealand Map Grid (NZMG)

Alternatively, you may identify the latitude and longitude co-ordinates, by using the Google Map here. Click on the highlighted text "View Larger Map", zoom in onto the precise point then simply right-click and select "What's here", at that point, and the co-ordinates will be revealed in the address bar. Cut and paste, or copy this into the field below.

Latitude & Longitude:


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The following three fields below are not usually required, if you have the above location details. DOC will be able to infer the details from the location information. Enter them if you already know them, but otherwise don't worry.

Area Office
Conservancy
Ecological District
Major Habitat: Beech forest
Podocarp forest
Broadleaf forest
Exotic forest
Scrub
Sub-alpine
Undeveloped tussockland
Developed farmland
River terrace
Freshwater
Wetland
Coastal
Scree
Bare rocks
Beach
Urban
Other habitat: (please describe)
Microhabitats: Foliage
Trunk
Branches
Under stones
Under wood
Open ground
Crevices
Other microhabitat: (please describe)
Weather Conditions Light
Fine/sunny
Part cloudy
Overcast
Showers
Rain
Night
Up to half moon
Half to full moon
Temperature
Hot
Warm
Moderate
Cool
Cold
Wind
Calm
Light breeze
Moderate breeze
Gusty
Strong winds
Supporting material:

A voucher specimen may be a deceased animal, or skin slough.

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Notes:
Identified by:

You can name the person who helped you identify the species.

Authority used:

This typically refers to a field guide or similar, from which you were able to identify the species.

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