[Taxacom] What can Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) do for you?

Ken Kinman kinman at hotmail.com
Sun Oct 20 20:14:54 CDT 2013

Hi Rod,


     I am most concerned about the higher classification, and there seem to be some problems in need of correction, especially at the level of family.  For instance, the whale families Hyperoodontidae and Ziphiidae are universally regarded as synonyms, but both are listed as valid family names by GBIF.  I am frankly rather irritated to learn that a proposal to conserve Ziphiidae over Hyperoodontidae was proposed but never submitted to the International Commission in a timely manner (not your fault).  Therefore, it may be necessary for GBIF to recognize Hyperoodontidae as the valid name, but you can't recognize Ziphiidae as valid as well.  Since Gray proposed both names and switched to Ziphiidae after proposing Hyperoodontidae, and Ziphiidae was in use for over 100 years, Hyperoodontidae would qualify as a forgotten name that was only relatively recently resurrected.  However, the failure to submit a timely proposal to the International Commission seems to now give Hyperoodontidae the edge.  In any case, you can't recognize them both as valid.


       There are also a number of problems in families listed unter "incertae sedis".  For instance, Family Alismaceae is not incertae sedis at all.  It is simply an alternate spelling of Family Alismataceae (listed as a valid family name).  I suspect that a large number of families listed by GBIF under "incertae sedis" are not incertae sedis at all.  


                   -------------------Ken Kinman





> From: r.page at bio.gla.ac.uk
> Date: Sun, 20 Oct 2013 20:47:15 +0100
> To: Mary.Barkworth at usu.edu
> CC: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
> Subject: Re: [Taxacom] What can Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) do for you?
> Hi Mary,
> For reasons which surpass understanding, the search box you see on the GBIF home page, and on other pages to the right of the "About" menu is a search of the site's web pages, NOT the database itself. So, if you search for "Artemisia" you get nothing. You have to go to http://www.gbif.org/species to get the results you expect.
> Thanks for the other comments, the theme of additional sources of data keeps coming up.
> Regards
> Rod


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