[API-users] Mismatch in species count

Srini Anand srianand at umail.iu.edu
Fri Apr 7 03:26:04 CEST 2017

Thank you and that makes sense. I'll have to take a closer look at the demo
site as it looks very promising.


*Srini Anand*
(513) 518 1970
srianand at indiana.edu

On Thu, Apr 6, 2017 at 8:50 AM, Markus Döring <mdoering at gbif.org> wrote:

> Hi Srini,
> the species count on the species page represents the species our backbone
> taxonomy contains for this phylum regardless whether we have occurrences or
> not.
> The distinct species in your occurrences are less cause for some species
> we do not have any evidence.
> Btw, in the upcoming portal you can see the list of distinct, accepted
> species right away:
> https://demo.gbif.org/occurrence/species?taxon_key=79 (select species
> instead of table view)
> Best,
> Markus
> On 4 Apr 2017, at 18:06, Srini Anand <srianand at umail.iu.edu> wrote:
> Hello,
> I'm a student from Indiana University, working towards a Masters in Data
> Science. As part of a class project, we are working with the team from
> Global Biointeractions (GloBI) to compare how much their data covers the
> known species list. To that end we are using GBIF as the reference system.
> I have worked out the details of navigating your site and extracting
> information for us to compare against. However, I'm unable to reconcile
> counts between the download and what I see on the species page.
> *Mismatch in species count*
> Using Kingdom = Archaea and Phylum = Crenarchaeota
> <http://www.gbif.org/species/79>, I navigated to the Occurrences page and
> downloaded the 3,824 occurrences. When I extract unique Species from this
> list, there are 59, whereas the main page indicates there should be 68.
> I see a similar issue with
> a) Kingdom = Archaea (should be 523, see 485)
> b) Class = Pinopsida (should be 2,366 species, but see 983)
> There is probably a small and obvious mistake I'm making, but not sure I
> know how to identify that.
> Any guidance would be must appreciated.
> Regards,
> *Srini Anand*
> Masters of Data Science student
> srianand at indiana.edu
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