The EPICC taxonomic dictionary was migrated from Excel into EMu in Spring 2019. Following this migration will be a transition period and the documentation on this page should be updated to reflect evolving decisions made about managing EPICC taxonomy in EMu. For a column-by-column breakdown of how data was migrated, please refer to the crosswalk tab in the file Dropbox > EMu > Data Migration Archive > Taxonomy > epicc-taxonomic-dictionary > EPICC_Taxonomy Table Master_MIGRATING_2019-04-12.xlsx.
All names that originated from the EPICC taxonomic dictionary are flagged as such and can be found by searching Label=”project” and Description=”epicc” on the Description tab of the Taxonomy module.
Before following the protocol here, please review documentation for the Taxonomy module.
The Citations tab records opinions and distribution details associated with a specific source, be that a publication, a person, a collection, or a consolidation of knowledge like the EPICC Taxonomic Dictionary.
The following Excel columns were migrated into the Citations tab:
- Reference, where the value is retained in the Cited In field and for which the entry was also flagged as the primary citation.
- Validated, where the value is retained in the Cited In field and paired with a standard comment (“taxonomic data entered”) in Remarks.
- Fossil Distribution, where the value was retained in the Remarks field and listed as Cited In = EPICC Taxonomic Dictionary.
- Hall (2002) FAD and Hall (2002) LAD, where the values were retained in the Remarks field and listed as Cited In = Hall 2002.
EMu has a field called Currently Accepted? to track names that should be used versus synonyms. More detailed information about the name status of EPICC taxonomy can be found on the Validity tab, where data from the Excel columns Category and Taxonomic Comments was migrated.
As with other information that was migrated into EMu based on the Excel version of the EPICC taxonomic dictionary, validity rows displaying data from Category and Taxonomic Comments are linked to the “EPICC Taxonomic Dictionary” bibliography record.
Taxonomic name history
EPICC taxonomic name history, including Excel data from the Original and Synonyms columns, was migrated into EMu’s Validity tab using the logic diagrammed in the figure below.
As an example of the above, for the name Anadara camuloensis the Excel column Original listed “Arca camuloensis,” and the Synonym field had:
Arca camuloensis Osmont, 1905 • Anadara camuloensis (Osmont), Woodring, 1938, p. 29, pl. 6, figs. 10, 13-16; Winterer & Durham, 1962, table 4 • Arca (Larkinia) camuloensis, Larkinia camuloensis (Osmont) • Anadara (Larkinia) camuloensis (Osmont), Durham & Addicott, 1965, table 1 • Arca (Arca) multicostata camuloensis
In EMu, that information has been translated into five entries in the Name Status (Validity) table:
- One for the current name with citation information: Anadara camuloensis (Osmont), Woodring, 1938, p. 29, pl. 6, figs. 10, 13-16; Winterer & Durham, 1962, table 4
- One for the first synonym with citation information: Arca camuloensis Osmont, 1905
- One for the second synonym with citation information: Larkinia camuloensis (Osmont)
- One for the third synonym with citation information: Anadara (Larkinia) camuloensis (Osmont), Durham & Addicott, 1965, table 1
- One for all other synonyms that do not yet have citation information: Arca (Larkinia) camuloensis, Arca (Arca) multicostata camuloensis
Please note that the order of the rows in the Name Status (Validity) table should be chronological by historic use, but that in the process of migrating the taxonomic dictionary that order was not preserved perfectly. Re-ordering the rows is as simple as clicking the lefthand side (where each row is numbered) and dragging it up or down.
The following columns were migrated to the Descriptions tab in EMu, and will move to a new tab (Ecology) in the pending EMu update:
- Age Range
- Geog. Range
- Type No.
- L, W, and H
- Recent Dist
- High Lat and Low Lat
- Min Depth and Max Depth
- Min Temp and Max Temp
Other attributes were not migrated into EMu either because the field held a calculated value (e.g. Mean Depth) or because the field was related to a specific project that did not need to be carried forward into EMu (e.g. Extinction).