[API-users] Requesting Occurrence Data for Large List of Species

Tim Robertson trobertson at gbif.org
Wed Apr 3 09:52:56 CEST 2019

Hi Benjamin,

Download will be best.

However, there are limits and you will not be able to push 3000 in.
You could either split it into groups of e.g. 300, or use a higher taxon and then implement a post-filter to throw away those not in your list (the latter is how I would do it).

I am sorry for this nuisance, and this is a known issue that we do aim to address: https://github.com/gbif/portal-feedback/issues/1768


From: API-users <api-users-bounces at lists.gbif.org> on behalf of Benjamin Feinsilver <benjamin.feinsilver at gmail.com>
Date: Wednesday, 3 April 2019 at 09.33
To: "api-users at lists.gbif.org" <api-users at lists.gbif.org>
Subject: [API-users] Requesting Occurrence Data for Large List of Species


If I have a list of around 3,000 species, and I would like to request occurrence data for each species, is it more efficient to use the Search or Download API?

If using the Download API, could I include the list of species in an external query file and use the "in" predicate? For example:

  "notification_address": ["userName at example.org<mailto:userName at example.org>"],


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