Tuesday, 16 December 2008

Search function for Taxonomic database

I just uploaded the search function for the Butterfly Taxonomic Database:


The search field can take up to three arguments of butterfly names (no matter whether you enter genus or species names), and the script will look for genus and species names that will match your query.

For example a search for the species Euptychia enyo will output this taxon but also all other Euptychia and even Corades enyo:

Still have to get rid of the duplicates like the second Euptychia enyo at the bottom of the returned results.

Saturday, 13 December 2008

Taxonomic database

In order to keep track of the ever changing butterfly names, we are working on a "Taxonomic database" for butterfly names.


We are generating LSIDs for each butterfly name, including basic info such as the original combination of names from primary literature, list of synonyms and/or homonyms if they exits, type localities, some collection localities and a map when suitable.

We are working on generating RDF files for keeping this info readable for computers as well.

So far we have made available a checklist function for reporting species names according to Biogeographic region and family-level classification. We are on the works to finish up the search function.