Managing Taxonomic Classifications: Overview

All taxon names live under a unique index, including homonyms and hemihomonyms. “The specimen’s taxonomy” comes from the collection’s preferred taxonomy source, set under manage collection. It is generally advisable to only alter classifications used by your collection. Do not do anything that might mess with another collections’ data without first consulting them (use the Contact link if necessary; the AC can mediate). For example, if you are working in a parasite collection and find an insect homonym, do NOT edit higher taxonomy (which would “edit taxonomy” for the insect specimens) without consulting the relevant collection managers.

Taxonomy only works properly when there is one named term for each “rank” pulled into Flat. Avoid having two (or more) terms ranked “family” and avoid unranked family-level terms.

Try to include “common” ranked terms for searchability - kingdom, phylum, order, family.

Common Problems

The name I want to use exists, there’s no classification in “my” preferred taxonomy

If there are no classifications, or no suitable classifications, you may click “create classification” to start from scratch. Please carefully follow all editing guidelines.

The name I want to use does not exist

There’s a homonym or hemi-homonym (two names spelled the same but not sharing higher taxonomy)

Editing non-classification data