written by: Patrick Leary
Last modified: April 18, 2009, 11:04 pm
This function accepts a scientific name and author combination as input and returns the canonical form of the name. The canonical form represents the primary nomenclatural components of a scientific name combination that can be used for comparing lexical equivalence among name strings. Author and nomenclatural information is removed. Our current canonical concept definition also omits subgenus when creating a canonical name. This function utilizes a author name prefix lexicon to omit lower case family names ("van de Castle," "di Rossi," etc.)
Strobilanthes walkeri Arn. ex Nees var. macrosperma J.R.I.Wood
Strobilanthes walkeri macrosperma
Selaginella riddellii van Eselt.
Acacia angustissima (P. Mill.) Kuntze var. cuspidata (Schlecht.) L. Benson
Acacia angustissima cuspidata
Canonical forms are automatically created within NameBank when a name combination is indexed and are a component of NameBank lexical groups with a lexical source qualifier of 'cf."