Query Continents

Discussion created by simontarr13 on Jan 20, 2014
Latest reply on Jan 25, 2014 by simontarr13
Hello, I'm hoping someone can help me with what feels like a rather straightforward problem.

I am conducting research into the distribution of body size in Squamates (Snakes and Lizards) in Europe and North America. Before I get into the interesting stuff, I need to simply compile a list of all the species recorded on these continents (as two separate tables- one for each continent). I have downloaded the relevant data from the IUCN website and have opened it within ArcMap with no problems. I can see range data for all the species recorded in the database.

I was wondering how I can select just a continent and export the list of all species present (according to the shapefile). Do I need to draw a polygon around the required area and run a query that way? If so, how can I go about doing this?

Many thanks for your time, I'm really hoping someone can help the n00b!