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update documentation for species binomials #250
Author Name: Margaret O'Brien (Margaret O'Brien)
The EML documentation needs an update to reflect correct practice when including a taxonomic species name. Taxonomically speaking, the 'species name' is a genus and the specific epithet. But looking at it from a strictly hierarchical node structure the specific epithet looks and acts like the other nodes. However a node 'alterniflora' has no taxon rank by itself.
LTER already reccommends this construction in its Best Practices, but actual implementations are inconsistent, perhaps because of the normative documentation.
Another note: The normative docs also seem to refer to "Acer rubrum" as the 'common name' of Red Maple, which is incorrect..
Here is an example of 2 implementations sent to eml-dev (from Wade Sheldon):
with binomial:Genus Spartina Species Spartina alterniflora
without binomial:Genus Spartina Species alterniflora
Here is the text from the EML 2.1.1 normative docs:
"The name representing the taxonomic rank of the taxon being described.
The primary issue appears to have been already fixed. here is current text: