For the purposes of this website the commonality of a
particular species or genus is limited to New Jersey
and is based on personal experience. The condition of a
specimen is not a factor, as long as it is identifiable it
is counted. This index is just
a guide and may be helpful in identification.
Abundant - Normally find several in a single trip
Very Common – Normally find one or more in an outing.
Common – May require a few trips.
Uncommon - More
likely to be found if you collect on a regular basis.
Very Uncommon - These turn up every once in awhile, a
notch above scarce, definitely findable.
Scare – A hit or miss item, may require several years
of serious collecting.
Rare – Only a few have been found.
Micro* – I use this to indicate a species too small to
be found using the standard ¼ inch mesh screening.
Location specific – Only found at certain locations.
* I'll be changing this to include the actual commonality
e.g. Micro - Common