[API-users] extinct taxa in GBIF API

Dröge, Gabriele G.Droege at bgbm.org
Tue Feb 9 11:15:03 UTC 2021

Thanks Markus, that's really helpful!


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Von: Markus Döring [mailto:mdoering at gbif.org] 
Gesendet: Montag, 8. Februar 2021 17:35
An: Dröge, Gabriele; api-users at lists.gbif.org
Betreff: Re: [API-users] extinct taxa in GBIF API

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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