Species names 2: using the taxonomic hierarchy ('tree of life')

Species names 2: using the taxonomic hierarchy ('tree of life') - Global : As soon as a species name is attached to your observation, you should see a panel on the right of the page headed Taxonomy links, which will allow you to browse up or down the taxonomic tree. For instance, if you have recorded the butterfly Brimstone

As soon as a species name is attached to your observation, you should see a panel on the right of the page headed "Taxonomy links", which will allow you to browse up or down the taxonomic tree.

For instance, if you have recorded the butterfly Brimstone, with scientific name Gonepteryx rhamni, you will be able to use the Taxonomy links to move up through the herarchy to see if there are other species in the genus Gonepteryx, or to look at all the members of family Pieridae, and so on.

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The taxonomy links also appear if you click on any of the species names in the identifications on iSpot - these are now live links to a species dictionary page that includes the taxonomic tree (shown as a series of links towards the top of the page), as well as any ecological links that have been made with other species (towards the bottom of the page).

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To make all these links work, make sure that when typing in an English or scientific species name always pick a name off the drop-down list if you can, and remember to click on the "Get recommended" button to check that it is the name recommended by the UK Species Inventory (in iSpot's "UK and Ireland" community) or by Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2013 Annual Checklist (in the other communities).

If you encounter any taxon hierarchy links that go to the wrong place, or any names that seem incorrect, do let us know via the Species dictionary feedback forum.

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24 Jun 2013
Martin Harvey