A quick and simple autocomplete service that returns up to 20 name usages by doing prefix matching against the scientific name. Results are ordered by relevance.

  q = NULL,
  datasetKey = NULL,
  rank = NULL,
  fields = NULL,
  start = NULL,
  limit = 100,
  curlopts = list()



(character, required) Simple search parameter. The value for this parameter can be a simple word or a phrase. Wildcards can be added to the simple word parameters only, e.g. q=puma


(character) Filters by the checklist dataset key (a uuid, see examples)


(character) A taxonomic rank. One of class, cultivar, cultivar_group, domain, family, form, genus, informal, infrageneric_name, infraorder, infraspecific_name, infrasubspecific_name, kingdom, order, phylum, section, series, species, strain, subclass, subfamily, subform, subgenus, subkingdom, suborder, subphylum, subsection, subseries, subspecies, subtribe, subvariety, superclass, superfamily, superorder, superphylum, suprageneric_name, tribe, unranked, or variety.


(character) Fields to return in output data.frame (simply prunes columns off)


Record number to start at. Default: 0. Use in combination with limit to page through results.


Number of records to return. Default: 100. Maximum: 1000.


list of named curl options passed on to HttpClient. see curl::curl_options for curl options


A list, with two elements data (tibble) and hierarchy (list of data.frame's). If 'higherClassificationMap' is one of the fields requested, then hierarchy is a list of data.frame's; if not included, hierarchy is an empty list.

Repeat parmeter inputs

Some parameters can take many inputs, and treated as 'OR' (e.g., a or b or c). The following take many inputs:

  • rank

  • datasetKey

see also many-values




if (FALSE) { name_suggest(q='Puma concolor') name_suggest(q='Puma') name_suggest(q='Puma', rank="genus") name_suggest(q='Puma', rank="subspecies") name_suggest(q='Puma', rank="species") name_suggest(q='Puma', rank="infraspecific_name") name_suggest(q='Puma', limit=2) name_suggest(q='Puma', fields=c('key','canonicalName')) name_suggest(q='Puma', fields=c('key','canonicalName', 'higherClassificationMap')) # Some parameters accept many inputs, treated as OR name_suggest(rank = c("family", "genus")) name_suggest(datasetKey = c("73605f3a-af85-4ade-bbc5-522bfb90d847", "d7c60346-44b6-400d-ba27-8d3fbeffc8a5")) # If 'higherClassificationMap' in fields, a list is returned name_suggest(q='Puma', fields=c('key','higherClassificationMap')) # Pass on curl options name_suggest(q='Puma', limit=200, curlopts = list(verbose=TRUE)) }