[API-users] How to query genus names with the GBIF API

Szlamka József szlajozs at gmail.com
Thu Sep 7 08:36:39 CEST 2017

Dear Scott,

Many thanks for your answer. I also added the "&highertaxonKey=6" param 
to narrow the results for plant genera only.

To be more precise what I exactly wish to achieve is as follows:

I only want to search within the "Plantae" kingdom.

Say, I look for the GENUS name "Adonis" but I only remember that the 
name starts with "Ado".

So my ideal API call would run a wildcard search within PLANT GENERA 
names for "Ado*" and would result in a list of ALL (without limit) plant 
genera names starting with "Ado*".

I played with the "/species/match", "/species/search" and 
"/species/suggest" sub-apis and with the "q" and "name" params. They 
don't accept wildcards and don't give the expected results for name 
chunks without wildcards.

Now my only hope is that I left out some constellations or misused 


2017-09-06 23:21 keltezéssel, Scott Chamberlain írta:
> Have you tried something like
> http://api.gbif.org/v1/species/search?datasetkey=d7dddbf4-2cf0-4f39-9b2a-bb099caae36c&rank=GENUS
> where datasetkey=d7dddbf4-2cf0-4f39-9b2a-bb099caae36c is for the GBIF 
> backbone taxonomy
> Scott
> On Wed, Sep 6, 2017 at 2:10 PM Szlamka József <szlajozs at gmail.com 
> <mailto:szlajozs at gmail.com>> wrote:
>     Hello to all list members,
>     I'm new on this list and also new to the GBIF API. I'd like to get a
>     list of all the genus names occuring in the GBIF database. After
>     several
>     hours of trying with the API, and no success, I found this mailing
>     list.
>     I hope that API guru members on the list can show me the right way or
>     tell if this is not possible at all.
>     Thank you in advance.
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