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[Solved] BD method of recording subspecie


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Finally ventured into using BD method of recording subspecies for a sighting. The first thing I saw was confusing. I was editing old entries to add the subspecies in BD format.  In the Sighting Editor for a Vaux's Swift sighting, I selected the name Vaux's Swift vauxi.  In the View and Edit Sightings window and in a Printed Report the sighting is displayed as Vaux's Swift (Vaux's). But when I select another Vaux's Swift sighting and select Vaux's Swift richmondi it shows up as Vaux's Swift richmondi. Why the difference?  How do I get BD to record the subspecies as I selected it.

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Jeff,

Thank You for the explanation.  Much appreciated

Paul

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Hi Paul,

Good question. "Vaux's Swift (Vaux's)" is an alias name for "Vaux's Swift vauxi". It is also the preferred common name for this subspecies in the Clements taxonomic list.

Below, you can see that this subspecies has two alias names.

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If you open the taxonomic viewer (F8) and load Clements 2021, and navigate to this subspecies, you will see the following when you hold your mouse over vauxi in the tree:

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This shows the preferred common name for this thing according to this taxonomy.

Now, why is it "Vaux's Swift (Vaux's)" and not "Vaux's Swift vauxi"?

The Clements taxonomy sometimes gives names to subspecies. When they do, and that name is specified in the downloaded taxonomy that I use to build the taxonomy for BD, then I set that to the preferred common name. Otherwise, the preferred common name for a Thing in this tax list is the parent species common name with the subspecific epithet attached; as in "Vaux's Swift richmondi".

As with most everything in BD, you have the ability to change this preferred common name to anything you like; as well as add a number of alias names, among other things. But, specifically, to change the preferred common name of anything as specified by a particular taxonomic list, open the taxonomy viewer and right-click on the Thing in question (in this case vauxi) to get a popup menu. One of the options in the menu is Change Preferred Common Name.

Change it to whatever you like. But just a word of caution, there are many such instances of this in the Clements taxonomy. You might prefer to simply keep it as is.

Let me know if I can assist further.

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