Plant Diversity ›› 2023, Vol. 45 ›› Issue (01): 1-5.DOI: 10.1016/j.pld.2022.09.001

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U.Taxonstand: An R package for standardizing scientific names of plants and animals

Jian Zhanga, Hong Qianb   

  1. a. Center for Global Change and Complex Ecosystems, Zhejiang Tiantong Forest Ecosystem National Observation and Research Station, School of Ecological and Environmental Sciences, East China Normal University, 200241, Shanghai, China;
    b. Research and Collections Center, Illinois State Museum, 1011 East Ash Street, Springfield, IL, 62703, USA
  • Received:2022-06-13 Revised:2022-08-29 Published:2023-02-23
  • Contact: Jian Zhang,;Hong Qian,
  • Supported by:
    This work was supported by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (32030068) and the Shanghai Municipal Natural Science Foundation (20ZR1418100) to J.Z.

Abstract: The scientific names of organisms are key identifiers of plants and animals. Correctly treating scientific names is a prerequisite for biodiversity research and documentation. Here, we present an R package, ‘U.Taxonstand’, which can standardize and harmonize scientific names in plant and animal species lists at a fast speed and at a high rate of matching success. Unlike most of other similar R packages each of which works with only one taxonomic database, U.Taxonstand can work with all taxonomic databases, as long as they are properly formatted. Multiple databases for plants and animals that can be directly used by U.Taxonstand, which include bryophytes, vascular plants, amphibians, birds, fishes, mammals, and reptiles, are available online. U.Taxonstand can be a very useful tool for botanists, zoologists, ecologists and biogeographers to standardize and harmonize scientific names of organisms.

Key words: Biodiversity informatics, Scientific names, Species name matching, Taxonomic harmonization, Taxonomic tool, U.Taxonstand