entering scientific names
Kelly Sendall 250 387-2932
ksendall at RBML01.RBCM.GOV.BC.CA
Thu Nov 27 11:56:17 CST 1997
U SED> Dear taxacomers:
U SED> I need your expertise to clarify some questions about the right way to
U SED> enter scientific names in to an electronic check-list depending on the
U SED> taxonomical level as well by major taxonomical group (plants, animals).
U SED> At least we agree that for infraspecific level should be ALL in
U SED> For genus : Starting upper and then lowercase
U SED> But, how should be for family, Order, Class, etc. All uppercase?, Mixed
U SED> lower?. We have seen both ways in the literture.
U SED> Could you give us some advice?
U SED> One more for databasers!
U SED> Specific and infraspecific names should be entered as
U SED> binominal-trinominal or just the epitets?.
U SED> (thinking more in recursive related tables)
U SED> just an example!
U SED> CLASS: AVES
U SED> ORDER: FALCONIFORMES
U SED> FAMILY: FALCONIDAE
U SED> GENUS: Falco
U SED> SPECIES: mexicanus "or" Falco mexicanus
This is how we enter such data at the Royal BC Museum:
Genus Authority: de Blainville 1834
Species Authority: Kirkendale & Lambert 1995
We have not experienced any difficulty in using this format. These are only 8
out of 80 fields used in the invertebrate database.
Royal BC Museum
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