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Function name What it does Source
children Get direct children NCBI, ITIS
classification Upstream classification NCBI, ITIS, Tropicos, EOL, GBIF, NBN
comm2sci Get scientific from common names EOL, NCBI, ITIS, Tropicos
downstream Downstream taxa to specified rank ITIS, GBIF
get_ids Get taxonomic identifiers NCBI, ITIS, Tropicos, EOL, GBIF, NBN
resolve Resolve names using many resolvers GNR, iPlant
gnr_resolve Resolve names using Global Names Resolver GNR
tol_resolve Resolve names using any resolver TOL
iplant_resolve iPlant name resolution iPlant
sci2comm Get common from scientific names EOL, NCBI, ITIS
synonyms Retrieve synonyms given input names/identifiers NCBI, ITIS, Tropicos
upstream Retrieve upstream taxa given names/identifiers ITIS
lowest_common Retrieve the lowest common taxon and rank for a given taxon name or ID ITIS, GBIF, TOL, NCBI
genbank2uid Get NCBI taxonomy UID from GenBankID NCBI
tax_name Get taxonomic names for a given rank NCBI, ITIS
tax_rank Get rank for a given taxonomic name BOLD, EOL, GBIF, NATSERV, NBN, TOL, TROPICOS, ITIS, NCBI, WORMS
tpl_get Get The Plant List csv files TPL


  • NCBI: National Center for Biotechnology Information
  • ITIS: Integrated Taxonomic Information Service
  • EOL: Encylopedia of Life
  • GBIF: Global Biodiversity Information Facility
  • NBN: National Biodiversity Network (UK)
  • iPlant: iPlant Name Resolution Service
  • GNR: Global Names Resolver
  • TOL: Open Tree of Life
  • MSW3: Mammal Species of the World, 3rd Edition
  • TPL: The Plant List
  • BOLD: Barcode of Life
  • NATSERV: Natureserve
  • TROPICOS: Tropicos plant database
  • WORMS: World Register of Marine Species