[Taxacom] accepted names using the uBio web services?

Paul Kirk p.kirk at cabi.org
Wed Jun 18 03:11:07 CDT 2008

for the fungi there are the name services at
http://www.indexfungorum.org/IXFWebService/Fungus.asmx - Index Fungorum
(the nomenclator) is linked to Species Fungorum (the checklist) which
contributes to the CoL.

I guess until 'we' (GBIF, EoL, uBio, other name/species providers (Index
Fungorum, ZooBank, CoL etc, etc)) get the GNA/GNI (global names
architecture/index) up and populated and running there is no 'one stop
shop' for this information and I have to confess I sometime google when
I need to find a name.



-----Original Message-----
From: kenichi.ueda at gmail.com [mailto:kenichi.ueda at gmail.com] On Behalf
Of Ken-ichi Ueda
Sent: 18 June 2008 09:03
To: Paul Kirk
Cc: taxacom
Subject: Re: [Taxacom] accepted names using the uBio web services?

Thanks, Paul.  I've actually been using Catalogue of Life and it's
wonderful for this very reason ... but uBio has way, way more names,
especially common names, which are especially important for my project,
which is targeted at amateur naturalists (check out www.inaturalist.org
if you're curious).

Are there other name services (with web services) that have have
accepted status AND have coverage anywhere close to uBio?


On Wed, Jun 18, 2008 at 12:50 AM, Paul Kirk <p.kirk at cabi.org> wrote:
> your best bet would be the Catalogue of Life ... but not all AVC 
> (Accepted, Valid, Correct) names have all the nomenclatural 
> (homotypic, 'whatever then word is in ICZN speak') names included. I 
> did not check this name.
> Cheers,
> Paul
> -----Original Message-----
> From: taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> [mailto:taxacom-bounces at mailman.nhm.ku.edu] On Behalf Of Ken-ichi Ueda
> Sent: 18 June 2008 08:29
> To: taxacom
> Subject: [Taxacom] accepted names using the uBio web services?
> Hi all,
> Is there a way to get the currently accepted name of an outdated taxon

> name using the uBio web services?
> For example, if I call namebank_search for "Hyla crucifer," an 
> outdated scientific name of Pseudacris crucifer (Spring Peeper, a frog

> from the eastern US), I get several namebank objects back at the
species level:
> 2812644, 6805040, 655121, and 4827754. Calling namebank_object on each

> of these returns lots of data about the names, but nothing I can see 
> that indicates a link to the accepted name, Pseudacris crucifer. 
> Looking at these IDs on the website (say, 
> http://www.ubio.org/browser/details.php?namebankID=655121), it seems 
> that uBio can make that link, at least in the classification. The 
> results from classificationbank_search and classificationbank_object 
> didn't seem to provide any connections to an accepted name either.
> So, can anyone recommend a way to get at name status using the uBio 
> web services?  Am I missing something, or is this just not possible?
> My apologies if this is too technical (or perhaps too simple!) for 
> this list.  If there's a more code-oriented biodiversity informatics 
> list somewhere, please let me know.
> -Ken-ichi
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