Check for alternate versions of a scientific name

synonyms(
  species_list = NULL,
  server = getOption("FISHBASE_API", "fishbase"),
  version = get_latest_release(),
  db = default_db(),
  ...
)

Arguments

species_list

A vector of scientific names (each element as "genus species"). If empty, a table for all fish will be returned.

server

can be set to either "fishbase" or "sealifebase" to switch between databases. NOTE: it is usually easier to leave this as NULL and set the source instead using the environmental variable `FISHBASE_API`, e.g. `Sys.setenv(FISHBASE_API="sealifebase")`.

version

a version string for the database, will default to the latest release. see [get_releases()] for details.

db

the

...

unused; for backwards compatibility only

Value

A table with information about the synonym. Will generally be only a single row if a species name is given. If a FishBase SpecCode is given, all synonyms matching that SpecCode are shown, and the table indicates which one is Valid for FishBase. This may or may not match the valid name for Catalog of Life (Col), also shown in the table. See examples for details.

Details

For further information on fields returned, see: http://www.fishbase.org/manual/english/fishbasethe_synonyms_table.htm