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Get AphiaID from a taxonomic name


wm_name2id(name, ...)

wm_name2id_(name, ...)



(character) a taxonomic name, required. For wm_name2id must be length(name) == 1, but for wm_name2id_ can be length(name) >= 1


named curl options. see curl::curl_options


An integer that is the AphiaID. When using underscore method, a list, named by the input names

Singular vs. plural

Of the two sister functions, the one without the underscore is the original function that wraps the relavant WoRMS API method - and only accepts one thing (i.e., name or AphiaID) per request.

The sister function with the underscore at the end is the plural version, accepting more than one input. Internally this function loops over the non-underscore method, and labels output (whether it's a list or data.frame rows) with the input names or IDs so that you can easily parse output by your inputs.


if (FALSE) {
wm_name2id(name = "Rhincodon")
wm_name2id_(name = c("Rhincodon", "Gadus morhua"))