Symbiota Species Checklist Data Fields

Taxa counts: Taxa counts are calculated taking species and infraspecific taxa into full consideration. A species list with a species name and a single infraspecific taxon is assumed to be referencing the child-parent relationship of single taxonomic unit. Infraspecific taxa only increase the taxa count when more than one per species is present. For example, the presence of Canis lupus and Canis lupus baileyi are assumed to reference the same taxon and would be only counted as a single taxon. However, the presence of Canis lupus lupus, Canis lupus albus, and Canis lupus baileyi would increase the species count by one and the taxa count by three.