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   How can I find out how many Valid fish there are ?

TIP - Always use your mouse to browse over icons and controls to see what information they provide and / or what actions they perform.

On the Menu, hover your mouse over "Data", Select and Click on "Species". After loading, about 98 000 records are displayed in the "Species List"
Click on the Blue Valid Filter icon   which is located above the  Indicator icons.  You should get about 34 300 Valid species.
This number includes some valid "Nominated" name combinations and these should be excluded to get an accurate number of Valid species.

To do this we must modify the filter to exclude these Nominated names.
We use the "Build Filter" module to do this. Click on the small "Key" icon found at the bottom LHS of the page as shown below:


After clicking on the "Filter Builder" interface we get the following:





A new condition, "Species Begins with" has been added. - This is not what we want. To change the option, Click on "Species"
and you will get a drop down list of options to choose from as shown below.




You will now get




Enter "IsNominate Equals False" and click on "OK"




After Clicking on "OK" a new list, excluding "Nominated Name Combinations" is displayed.
You may note that the new number of records is about 200 less than the previous number.

For rough estimates in the future you can just click on the blue Valid Filter icon and reduce the number obtained by 200.

We Now have 34101 as the number of Valid records.

You must however be aware that this number is not static and over the last 10 years, about 350 new species on average are being described each year 


   How can I find out how many valid marine fish there are ?

Menu > Data > Species - You then get a Species List of about 98 000 records. Now click on the round blue "Valid" filter icon  on the top LHS of the page. After "Loading" you should have about 34 000 records.  The list shown is of all "Valid" species found in all waters. (Salt, Brack and Fresh).
To get a more accurate figure you need to ignore all nominated names. Go to the page filter and add the condition "isNominated equals False"

If you want to know how many of these are marine species we must add an additional filter to only show species that are found in salt water.
To do this we must use the "Page Filter"  located at the bottom LHS of the page as shown below.



The first box with the "Tick" shows that all Filters are activated. Removing this tick will deactivate all filters and clicking and adding the "Tick" back will activate all filters displayed in the "Filter Text Box". If some of the text is not visible, hover the mouse over the text and you will be able to see the full text.
TIP -  always check the status of this "Tick Box". Particularly when unexpected data is displayed.

The second control is the "Key Icon". This is used to add or change the filter criteria. To only show marine species we must add an additional filter. To this we
click on the "Key Icon"

to only show species that are found in salt water.
To do this we must use the "Page Filter"  located at the bottom LHS of the page as shown below.

 

   Why are less than 102 000 species in the Species List?

The Species List only displays the Available Names when it initially opens. You will see that the Column Filter box below the heading "isAvailable" is set to True.
To show all records, delete the text "True" in the filter box and leave it blank and then press "Enter". This resets the filter and all records will be displayed.
If you only want to see the "Non-Available" records type in "False" and then press "Enter" to activate this filter. Only "Non-Available" records will be displayed.

You can also use the "Page Filter Toggle Switch"    located at the bottom left hand side of the page to toggle all the filters "On" or "Off".
                                             
Tick the box to Activate the filters and untick the box to De-Activate the filters. (Note, ALL set filters will be activated or deactivated when toggling this box).
When you deactivate all filters by unticking the box, the Filter Text continues to be displayed but is now shown in red to advise you that there are no active filters.
When the box is again ticked the filters are all activated and the Filter Text colour goes back to blue.


Click here to go to the general help page.

   How can I find out how many species J. L. B. Smith described and how many of these are currently valid names ?

Menu > Species > Species List > Enter "Smith" into the "Authorship" filter box. You will see that there many authors with the surname Smith. Find the Smith that you are interested in and note the exact format of how his initials are displayed. In this case the initials are [J. L. B.]   Now you can enter Smith [J. L. B.]  - (The square brackets and spaces must always be exactly the same as the example you chose. Press enter. You should get about 680 records all showing Smith [J. L. B.] as the author or one of the authors. This shows all the species where Smith [J. L. B.] is mentioned as an author. This does however not tell us how many species were described by him. To get the correct number we must only look at "Original Names". The green   icon on the left hand side of the page indicates which records are "Original Names". We can now count all the records with "Original Names" and we will then have an accurate number of species described by JLB Smith. If you find the counting of the "Original Names" tedious, you can just click on the green "Original Name" Filter Icon  to show only the "Original Names" When you do this, you will get about 397 original species names. The green icon now gets a dark brown border  indicating that it is active.
A new icon (The Clear Filter icon) is now displayed to the left of the round filter icons   Clicking on this new "Clear Filter" icon will clear all "Ball" filters which are active.
To find out how many of the species Described by JLB Smith are currently "Valid" just click on the blue "Valid" filter icon  and you will see that about 95 of the 397 species described by JLB Smith have names are currently Valid.
For fun you can now also click on the red "Picture" Icon to see how many of the valid species have pictures. If you did this, you will see that about 74 of the valid species have pictures.

You will also see that there are now 3 filters which are activated. 










   What is a good mnemonic of remembering the taxonomic rankings ?

there are many Mnemonics for rembering the taxonomic ranking.
One of the best is:
Dumb kids prefer candy over fresh green salad. (Domain, Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus & Species).

   How can I add the condition "isNominated equals False" to the Species List.

Removing "Nominated" name combinations.


To do this we must modify the filter to exclude Nominated names.
We use the "Build Filter" module to do this. Click on the small "Key" icon found at the bottom LHS of the page as shown below:


After clicking on the "Filter Builder" interface we get the following:





A new condition, "Species Begins with" has been added. - This is not what we want. To change the option, Click on "Species"
and you will get a drop down list of options to choose from as shown below.




You will now get




Enter "IsNominate Equals False" and click on "OK"




After Clicking on "OK" a list, which excludes "Nominated Name Combinations" is displayed.







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