[Taxacom] ZooBank Progress

Francisco Welter-Schultes fwelter at gwdg.de
Sat Apr 27 07:04:50 CDT 2013

Hi Rich,

In 2003 we applied to the German Science Foundation to do link on page
level the Linnean names with the original sources. They allowed is to
create AnimalBase, but denied our request for a page level linking,
arguing that this old literature is not of any interest any more today...
10 years later you are doing exactly this and the results looks great! I
am really happy that you finally did it. This is very useful.

Just highlighting some issues you might find helpful to improve this
service once again a little. Always keeping in mind that the main job is

1 - Sometimes you have incorrect names in your database. How can we
correct them?

2 - Sometimes more than 1 page represent the original source, but 2 pages,
which need 2 separate page links. In rare cases even 3 (I know some of
those cases in Swainson 1840).

An example with both case at once is here:


ZooBank says Buprestis gnita, correct would be Buprestis ignita Linnæus,
Page numbers: 408, 824, both are important and should be linked.

Here you can see a list with human-corrected Linnean 1758 new names:


Have fun

Francisco Welter-Schultes
Zoologisches Institut, Berliner Str. 28, D-37073 Goettingen
Phone +49 551 395536

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