Taxonomy as impediment: synonymy and its impact on the Global Biodiversity Information Facility's database

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Authors Roderic D. M. Page
Journal/Conference Name Bulletin of the American Museum of Natural History
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Paper Abstract The GBIF backbone taxonomy contains numerous duplicate taxa due to unrecognised synonyms being included multiple times. These synonyms may be linked to distinct occurrence data, such that a search on one name is unlikely to retrieve all occurrence data for the corresponding taxon. The potential extent of hidden synonymy is quantified in several taxonomic groups, and visualised using cluster maps. Anecdotally, taxa most prone to unrecognised synonyms are those that are supplied by multiple databases, or where there is a tradition of using subgenera.
Date of publication 2013
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