[API-users] rgbif - species match with higher rank

Kathryn Reynolds K.Reynolds at cabi.org
Tue Jul 9 08:59:12 CET 2019

Hi All,

I am using the rgbif package to match up names in a database with the accepted name on gbif (name_lookup). In the output for some instances, the data returned is for the species, and the species exists on GBIF. However, the match type is "higher rank" (see attached file for a sample). I was wondering if anyone could explain to me why this is the case? It seems to be happening most often with bacterial or parasitic species...

Thanks in advance,
Kathryn Reynolds
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