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Conversion of Catalog of Living Whales

Conversion of

"Catalog of Living Whales" by Philip Hershkovitz
Smithsonian Institution
United States National Museum Bulletin 246
Washington, D.C. 1966


With the permission of the Smithsonian Institution, this document was converted to parsed text to demonstrate some of the functionality of the uBio Taxonomic Name Server (TNS). Elements of the Hershkovitz classification of Cetacea have been mapped within the name server where they are accessible via public functions for multi-purpose use. These functions are used in this application, in combination with data elements specific to the text, to reproduce the entire document. Normalized bibliographic elements from this text could be used, for example, within other taxonomic treatments of cetacea, even where interpretations of these elements may differ from the author. Vernacular names mapped from the text are available for use as additional search terms within other data collections. Homotypic and taxonomic synonyms are also available for additional data aggregation functions.

This php application contains four components. The valid names classification on the left provides a browsing interface to the three logical components of the data: the page image containing the valid name record, a representation of the data as mapped within the Taxonomic Name Server, and the combination of name server elements and local data to represent the text of the document. These elements are separated with tabs.

Mammalia
 Cetacea
  Odontoceti
   Susuidae
    Pontoporia
Gray
Pontoporia blainvillei
 ...

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