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Get synonyms for an AphiaID


wm_synonyms(id, offset = 1, ...)

wm_synonyms_(id = NULL, name = NULL, ...)



(numeric/integer) an AphiaID. For wm_synonyms it's required and must be length(id) == 1, for wm_synonyms_ it's optional and can be length(id) >= 1


(integer) record to start at. default: 1


named curl options. see curl::curl_options


(character) one or more taxonomic names. optional


A tibble/data.frame. when using underscore method, outputs from each input are binded together, but can be split by id column

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_synonyms(id = 105706)
wm_synonyms_(id = 105706)
wm_synonyms(id = 126436)
wm_synonyms(id = 126436, offset = 10)
wm_synonyms_(id = c(105706, 126436))