Update to the iRecord species dictionary (2016)

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Update to the iRecord species dictionary (2016)

Today (Thursday 13 October) we will be applying the latest update to the species dictionaries in iRecord. The species names we use are based on the UK Species Inventory (UKSI), a national taxonomic database that is maintained by the Natural History Museum (NHM). Periodically we update the iRecord dictionaries to match the latest changes in the UKSI. Today's update will bring in major revisions to two species groups, fungi and moths, along with smaller additions and corrections for other groups.

Scientific names for fungi have had a major review, undertaken by the NHM and the British Mycological Society, to bring the species dictionary up to date and in line with the Index Fungorum.

Moth scientific names are being updated in line with the 2013 "Checklist of the Lepidoptera of the British Isles" by Agassiz, Beavan and Heckford, published for the Royal Entomological Society by the FIeld Studies Council.

For data that is already stored in iRecord, any name changes will be handled so that the new names are used when viewing the records on the website or in downloads. For records being added to iRecord following the update, you will see the new names in the drop-down lists for species.

You can of course enter records using the English name for a species, but if you are using the scientific names we recommend that you use the latest version of the names that iRecord offers by default. However, if you need to enter an old name (synonym) you have the option to do so via the “Enter a list of records” forms. To do this, go to the "Species" section of the Enter a list form, and click on the blue filter button next to the word “Species”. This opens up some filter options that allow you to set the form to show “All names including common names and synonyms”.

Name duplication

Why, when I try to enter Diaphorodoris do I get four identical names to choose from? Also it is really silly that the names are not kept up to date continuously. Aeolidia filomenae is missing, but was entered on WoRMS on 16-06-2016. http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=880371 

Some plant records need updating

Eg Bristly Oxtongue was Picris echioides now Helminthotheca echioides

Plant Species 10 years out of date

From what I can tell, UKSI get their plant data from the BSBI Plant list which was last updated in 2007. The BSBI have published Plant Names revised for the 3rd edition of Stace's flora. Pehaps iRecord needs to update from this list?

Matt Smith
iRecord have to wait until

iRecord have to wait until any species lists are updated in the UKSI.  When that will happen is a matter for the UKSI and BSBI to sort out, not iRecord.


Jelly Ear

The British Mycological Society refers to Auricularia auricula-judae as "Jelly Ear". iRecord gives its Common Name as "Jew's Ear". Notwithstanding the names's origin (from a shortening of "Judas's Ear"), I do find the use troubling for its anti-semitic potential and the fact that the commonly used name for the fungus is as likely to be "Jelly Ear" as "Jew's Ear" (Google Search gives similar counts for both names). I'd be interested to know if there is an empirical basis for using "Jew's Ear" as the Common Name.

Sabina Ellen
Species Update

I entered a Calliopum tuberculosum identified by Paul Beuk. He pointed out it 'used to be' Sapromya halidayi which it still is on iRecord. 


Thanks for these last two

Thanks for these last two posts.  We will discuss them with the UKSI team.


Cantharis Beetles

Cantharis flavilabris is still listed and (input) as C. nigra and C. nigra as C. thoracica. However I'm not sure all C. nigra records (as listed) can  simply be changed to C. flavilabris without checking.

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