How To Create Taxa in the Arctos Ichnology Taxonomy Source

Arctos Ichnology is currently the preferred taxonomic source for ichnofossils. While ichnotaxa classifications can be added to other sources, it is preferable that all ichnotaxa classification remain in Arctos Ichnology for ease of maintenance. Collections with any trace fossil identifications should add Arctos Ichnology to their list of preferred taxonomy sources.

Before adding any taxa to Arctos Ichnology read through How to Create Taxa. The procedure below is not significantly different but there are a few special steps required for ichnotaxa. To maintain the integrity of the locally managed source, users are asked, if at all possible, to not deviate from these recommended procedures for creating the name, classification and metadata.

Create Taxon Names

Preferably, all new taxon names should have a taxon status of VALID. Taxon status is controlled by a code table. If you must add a taxon name with a taxon status of INVALID, be sure to link it to the VALID taxon name. Click on [Edit Name + Related Data] to access this form. It is preferable to use the A {string} identification for invalid taxon names that do not have a valid synonym than to add that invalid taxon name to Arctos.

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Complete the preferred name to identify the synonym that is the valid taxon name especially if there are multiple synonyms. In the example below, Helix postelliana is the invalid taxon name. The preferred valid name is Daedalochila postelliana.

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Create Classification

To maintain consistency of the classification hierarchy in Arctos Ichnology it is easiest to clone a new classification from an existing related classification in Arctos Ichnology. If a classification is created from scratch, please follow these guidelines.

Ichnotaxa Classification Guidelines

Ichnotaxa are governed by the International Code of Zoological Nomenclature (ICZN). According to the ICZN, “a name proposed for an ichnotaxon is a family-group name, or genus-group name, or species-group name, according to the way in which it is first established.” Every classification in Arctos Ichnology should include at least one of the following taxon term types:

Ichnogenus Ichnospecies Ichnofamily note: ichnofamilies are not widely accepted - use with caution

Higher classification can be added to indicate the identity of the animal that left the trace. For example Batrachichnus, which is an Amphibian track.

For example, we need to add the taxon name Need name. We have researched the taxon name and found two reputable sources that confirm that it is a valid taxon. Arctos has the genus Chiliborus but not our species.

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We open the genus as we will want to clone this to create our new taxon. Click on “Clone classification as a new name”

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We enter the new taxon name and select WoRMS (via Arctos) as the preferred source, then click on “create name with entire classification.”

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Usually, the species name you have entered will be highlighted in red and you will have pull it to its correct position in the classification. Because you have cloned an Arctos Ichnology classification, you should not have to make any other changes.

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Save Edits, then View Taxon Page to see the completed record. Click here to see the completed record.