[API-users] Canonical name of subgenus and species under a subgenus

Markus Döring mdoering at gbif.org
Mon Feb 1 11:49:57 CET 2016

this indeed is a problem of our name parser. Actually this is a rather tricky problem as a zoological subgenus notation using brackets is
nearly impossible to tell apart from a genus name with an original author.

We refactored the name parser some time ago to take the rank of a name into account to be able to differ between those 2 options:

But it seems we have some outdated data hanging around here.
The parser returns the correct canonical even without the rank given:

Ill try to reparse all names in checklist bank.


On 01 Feb 2016, at 09:22, Roderic Page <Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk<mailto:Roderic.Page at glasgow.ac.uk>> wrote:

Looks like the issue is with GBIF’s handling of data, rather than the data source itself.

For the subgenus we have http://api.gbif.org/v1/species/100969508:

"scientificName":"Ficus (Diconoficus)”,
"authorship":" (Diconoficus)”

so the subgenus has mistakenly been treated as the authorship of the name.

For the species, GBIF ignores subgenera and so regards Ficus gayana as the canonical name.



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On 31 Jan 2016, at 23:32, Nozomi James Ytow <nozomi at biol.tsukuba.ac.jp<mailto:nozomi at biol.tsukuba.ac.jp>> wrote:


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