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Document taxonomic information

Best Practice: 

Identification of any species represented in the data set should be as complete as possible.

  • Use a standard taxonomy whenever possible
  • Full taxonomic tree to most specific level available
  • Source of taxonomy should accompany taxonomic tree (if available)
  • References used for taxonomic identification should be provided, if appropriate (e.g. technical document, journal article, book, database, person, etc.)

Examples of standardized identification systems:

Description Rationale: 

Many ecological studies involve at least one species; identifying the species used in a study is critical for its evaluation. The most complete information possible should be provided since taxonomic names and classifications shift over time with new information.