taxon trouble HELP!

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Pat Duggan
taxon trouble HELP!

Hi, like diggerdog I'm new to the site and don't find it simple to use. I saw you had a record of a Wooly Milkcap which said they were not common but we found a beautiful specimen tonight and I tried to submit it and even got the satellite spot selected correctly but it was not accepted as there was a problem with the taxon What on earth is a TAXON????? Come to think of it ---- what on earth does the heading to this section mean when it says Split summary at cursor????? Please talk plain English!

Thanks for the feedback and

Thanks for the feedback and we'll improve the error message in this case.  And other suggestions for making the site easier for you to use.

But by way of explanation in this case -.We only accept records of names in the UK Species Index (provided by the Natural History Museum) - this is very comprehensive and means we do not have to reconcile names in various formats.  The error message happens when you enter a name that isn't in the list.  Woolly Milkcap has two 'll's which is why you did not find it on the list I think.  If you type this name where required and then select the matching entry from the list you should be able to submit he sighting.



Forgot to say, taxon is a

Forgot to say, taxon is a general term for a taxonomic unit.  Since iRecord enables species, subspecies, forms, genera etc names to be submitted, this is the correct term.  But you are right that this is not very user-friendly!

Roy Martin

Why does a 'Grey Heron' require a Taxon ???????

James Emerson
Sounds like the species wasn't confirmed when you entered it

Grey Heron is a species, so that is a taxon. If you got an error message when trying to enter it as a record then the likely explanation is that you did not click on the name when it came up on the search box.


To explain that a different way, when you type in "Grey heron", iRecord searches through its database and Grey Heron comes up in a box attached to the bottom of the search bar. It does this so you can check that what you are entering matches what is in the database (for example "Redshank" is the name of a bird, and a moss!) You need to click on the text that comes up to show you agree it is correct and your record is input into the form. If you don't click on it and just carry on then the box won't have a matched species in and might come up with an error message asking you to input taxon.

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