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Species names

The Movebank Species (or Taxon) attribute allows you to map species names to the Movebank format. Movebank requires a scientific species name for each animal, based on the Integrated Taxonomic Information System (ITIS, www.itis.gov). If the species or subspecies name is not available in the ITIS, include the lowest level taxonomic rank that can be determined and that is used in the ITIS taxonomy. Additional information can be provided using the term taxon detail.

You can define the species in your reference data file in one of three ways:

All animals belong to the same species.

  1. Check the box next to Set fixed Species for all rows.
  2. The Set value field will appear. Enter the scientific name for the species in your data set.
  3. Click Save.

File contains a field with scientific species names.

  1. Check the box next to Column contains scientific names.
  2. Select the name of the column that contains species names from the dropdown box.
  3. Click Save. If you receive error messages, this is likely because the species names in this column do not match scientific species names based on the taxonomy that Movebank uses (see above). This could be due to misspellings or because you are using a different taxonomy. To import this attribute, you can either change your file or map the names to Movebank-supported scientific names using the File contains a field with common species names option.

File contains a field with common species names.

  1. Check the box next to Column contains common names.
  2. Select the name of the column that contains species names from the dropdown box.
  3. A list of all values in this column will appear. In the field to the right of each value (e.g., raccoon) enter the scientific name (e.g., Procyon lotor).
  4. When all scientific names are entered correctly, click Save.

The Taxon ID column will be added to the table under How Movebank will save the data showing the scientific species names. Compare these values to those in your original file to confirm the names were mapped correctly. If you need to edit the mapping, select the Taxon Id column header to re-open the import options.