Taxa - Roy Lowry's PPT presentation

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Issue WOD 05 Taxa Codes
Scope Bacterioplankton, phytoplankton, protists, zooplankton, ichthyoplankton, plankton biomass
Number of Taxa Coded 99,700
Codes Used
  • ITIS codes are the principal index, when available
  • When ITIS codes are not yet available, the records are tagged ITIS WAIT and the ITIS code is a negative number (presumably a transaction log item number)
  • Biological Grouping Codes are supplied for most taxa, consisting of 8-digit codes, developed in-house by O'Brien in 2001; ideally, animals within any higher-level taxonomic groups (i.e. Order, et supra) can be identified, as a group, by the digital sequences within these codes.
Content Governance

Primary Standards for Consideration

  1. WOD - Table includes some ITIS codes, for reference - From

Additional Standards for Consideration

[None at this time]


  1. ITIS - Incorporates old NODC names/codes
  2. Species 2000 - Incorporates ITIS
  3. Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF) - Biogeographic facility that incorporates Species 2000 names
  4. World Register of Marine Species (WoRMS) - " authoritative list of names of all marine species globally, ever published.
    WoRMS is a contribution to Species2000 and the Catalogue of Life, and will serve as the taxonomic backbone of OBIS." WoRMS is currently a hyper-database, called APHIA, linking to 16 global and regional marine species databases. It is a valuable source of primary identification information. No APHIA-wide index system exists to provide data managers with a direct means of coding marine observations.


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