Topic: Taxon Lists
The Recorder 6 Dictionary is based around Taxon Lists. The Recorder 3.3 list is a general list inherited from the Recorder 3.3 system. Later lists are generally specific to one group, although there is one list covering marine taxa. There is also a list - List of Additional Names - used by the NHM to add new taxa and make changes as an interin measure, pending the issue of an updated list for a group. Certain lists are considered preferred and these are indicated in Recorder 6 by having a space before the name, so they appear at the top of the Dictionary lists. Where possible use the preferred lists or the List of Additional names when choosing taxa. Recorder 6 uses table 'Nameserver' which manages changes in taxonomy, for example linking older names to the latest names. The attribute (eg. sensu stricto) and author affect the 'meaning' of the taxa and need to be taken into account when selecting taxa.