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bold: A programmatic interface to the Barcode of Life data


This package gives you access to data from BOLD System via their API (


Interestingly, they provide xml and tsv format data for the specimen data, while they provide fasta data format for the sequence data. So for the specimen data you can get back raw XML, or a data frame parsed from the tsv data, while for sequence data you get back a list (b/c sequences are quite long and would make a data frame unwieldy).