[API-users] extinct taxa in GBIF API

Markus Döring mdoering at gbif.org
Mon Feb 8 16:34:38 UTC 2021

Hi Gabi,

The GBIF API follows the older TDWG model and uses species profile records to indicate extinct taxa, see 

In case of Amplibuteo concordatus this is:

Be aware that in case we get multiple profiles for the same species the Backbone does not merge them and you could in theory get a list of contradicting profiles, i.e. one says extinct the other says it isn’t. But mostly they make sense :)


> On 8. Feb 2021, at 15:58, Dröge, Gabriele <G.Droege at bgbm.org> wrote:
> Hello GBIF team,
> I was wondering if there is a way to flag extinct taxa in the GBIF backbone api?
> e.g. http://api.gbif.org/v1/species?name=Amplibuteo%20concordatus
> is marked as extinct in the CoL (coming originally from PalaeoDB). For using the backbone it would be very useful to distinguish between extinct and recent taxa.
> Best,
> Gabi
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