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The living atlases store content on hundreds of different fields, and users often require thousands or millions of records at a time. To reduce time taken to download data, and limit complexity of the resulting data.frame, it is sensible to restrict the fields returned by atlas_occurrences(). This function allows easy selection of fields, or commonly-requested groups of columns, following syntax shared with dplyr::select().


galah_select(..., group = c("basic", "event", "assertions"))



zero or more individual column names to include


string: (optional) name of one or more column groups to include. Valid options are "basic", "event" and "assertion"


An object of class data.frame and galah_select

specifying the name and type of each column to include in the call to atlas_counts() or atlas_occurrences().


Calling the argument group = "basic" returns the following columns:

  • decimalLatitude

  • decimalLongitude

  • eventDate

  • scientificName

  • taxonConceptID

  • recordID

  • dataResourceName

Using group = "event" returns the following columns:

  • eventRemarks

  • eventTime

  • eventID

  • eventDate

  • samplingEffort

  • samplingProtocol

Using group = "assertions" returns all quality assertion-related columns. The list of assertions is shown by search_fields(type = "assertions").


Download occurrence records of Perameles taken in 2001, only returning scientific name and event date

galah_config(email = "")
galah_call() |>
  galah_filter(year == 2001) |>
  galah_select(scientificName, eventDate) |>

Download occurrence record of Perameles taken in 2001, returning the "basic" group of columns plus the Basis of Record

galah_call() |>
  galah_identify("perameles") |>
  galah_filter(year == 2001) |>
  galah_select(group = "basic", basisOfRecord) |>

See also

search_taxa(), galah_filter() and galah_geolocate() for other ways to restrict the information returned by atlas_occurrences() and related functions; atlas_counts() for how to get counts by levels of variables returned by galah_select.