Check for alternate versions of a scientific name and return the scientific names FishBase recognizes as valid

validate_names(
  species_list,
  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 string of the validated names

Examples

# \donttest{ validate_names("Abramites ternetzi")
#> Importing /tmp/Rtmp7GbpUC/synonyms_fb_1904 in 50000 line chunks:
#> Error: object of type 'closure' is not subsettable
# }