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286finding and searching on other names in discoverlife

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  • John S. Ascher
    May 1, 2008
      The "other names" are found on species pages in smaller font under the
      currently valid species name and on the genus pages in black font
      following the blue valid species name that link to species pages.

      All names and other names can also be viewed on the Apoidea species guide
      page here:


      If you click "Checklist" among the options at the top of the page (second
      row) it pulls up a very long list of names including the other names. You
      can use a search (Ctrl F) to locate text strings (part or all of names of
      interest). This is your best bet for efficiently locating other names
      until the seach box if optimized.

      If the server is slow try selecting one of the alternate servers listed at
      the bottom of the main page (http://www.discoverlife.org/) before
      proceeding. You will find that some are faster than others.

      Please send corrections!


      > How do we access John¹s uploaded info?
      > On 4/30/08 4:56 PM, "Sam Droege" <sdroege@...> wrote:
      >> All:
      >> John Ascher has uploaded a great deal of information regarding "other
      >> names"
      >> of bees...
      >> The "other names" have been greatly expanded for world bees to include
      >> many more names, authors and dates, and some essential annotations.
      >> The current name files with expanded "other names" are still in
      >> development. More and better "other" names with more complete annotation
      >> are on their way once we work out some technical details with John
      >> Pickering. In the near future it should be possible to search on all
      >> "other names" names using the search box, but this is not yet working.
      >> My intent is to include all original combinations, all primary
      >> synonyms, all other important subsequent combinations, and all
      >> subspecies.
      >> Some problematic names are deliberately missing because their status is
      >> in flux (unpublished synonyms) or difficult to describe succinctly due
      >> to
      >> composite series, misidentified holotypes, etc.
      >> These "other names" were extracted from more complete source
      >> files. On the site all names are now cited using ICZN approved
      >> orthography
      >> and punctuation, i.e. numerals are written out as text, umlauts
      >> normalized
      >> to "ue" for example, hyphens removed, initial capitals cited as lower
      >> case, etc. However, the exact original citations with no longer
      >> allowable
      >> characters can be found in the source files, and many of these should be
      >> appearing online soon in addition to the normalized versions.
      >> John welcomes and additions, corrections, and suggestions.
      >> sam
      >> Sam Droege Sam_Droege@...
      >> w 301-497-5840 h 301-390-7759 fax 301-497-5624
      >> USGS Patuxent Wildlife Research Center
      >> BARC-EAST, BLDG 308, RM 124 10300 Balt. Ave., Beltsville, MD 20705
      >> Http://www.pwrc.usgs.gov
      >> "This isn't like naming your dog spot."
      >> Richard Mellvill, Secretary, International Commission
      >> on Zoological Nomenclature, on naming plants and animals.

      John S. Ascher, Ph.D.
      Bee Database Project Manager
      Division of Invertebrate Zoology
      American Museum of Natural History
      Central Park West @ 79th St.
      New York, NY 10024-5192
      work phone: 212-496-3447
      mobile phone: 917-407-0378
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