Verbatim locality is the letter-for-letter, word-for-word locality description of a specimen or observation as written by a collector in their field notes. This may include higher geography, elevation, geographic coordinates, and other specific information such as trap or mistnet information.

Collectors may make mistakes in their field notes, such as typos, coordinates, name of locality, etc.. Nonetheless, it is important to have the exact transcription of what the collector wrote down for the locality. Often, knowing the verbatim locality can give people an insight into the “train of thought” of the collector at the time of collecting the specimen, which is useful when trying to deduce the actual specific locality of the specimen, among other things.

From Specimen Search