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Tab and comma delimited versions of Discover Life bee species guide and world checklist (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila)

Seltmann, Katja; Poelen, Jorrit


This archive includes a tab-delimited (tsv) and comma-delimited (csv) version of the Discover Life bee species guide and world checklist (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila). Discover Life is an important resource for bee species names and this update is from Draft-55, November 2020. Data were accessed and transformed into a tsv file in November 2021 using Global Biotic Interactions (GloBI) nomer software. GloBI now incorporates the Discover Life bee species guide and world checklist in its functionality for searching for bee interactions.

Please cite the original source for this data as:

Ascher, J. S. and J. Pickering. 2020.
Discover Life bee species guide and world checklist (Hymenoptera: Apoidea: Anthophila). 
Draft-55, 17 November 2020


nomer is a command-line application for working with taxonomic resources offline. nomer incorporates many of the present taxonomic catalogs (e.g., catalog of life, ITIS, EOL, NCBI) and provides simple tools for comparing between resources or resolving taxonomic names based on one or more taxonomic name catalogs. Discover Life is in nomer version 0.2.9 and this full dataset can be recreated by installing nomer from and running

$ nomer list discoverlife > discoverlife.tsv

Data Columns

Discover Life provides a world name checklist and includes other names (synonyms and homonyms) that refer to the same species. In the tsv file, the provided name is both the accepted, or checklist name, or "other name." All names will be listed as a providedName. Below is an example subset of the transformed version of the data.

  • providedExternalId= link to name on Discover Life
  • providedName=an accepted or "other name" in the Discover Life bee checklist
  • providedAuthorship=authorship for the providedName
  • providedRank=rank of the providedName
  • providedPath=higher taxonomy of the providedName. This will be the same as the accepted name or resolvedName
  • relationName=relationship between the "other name" and the bee name in the Discover Life checklist. It may include itself
  • resolvedExternalId=link to name on Discover Life
  • resolvedAuthorship=authorship of the accepted, or checklist name
  • resolvedRank=rank of the accepted, or checklist name
  • resolvedPath=higher taxonomy of the accepted, or checklist name


Poelen JH, & Salim JA. (2021). globalbioticinteractions/nomer: (0.2.9). Zenodo.

Poelen JH, Simons JD and Mungall CH. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.

Seltmann KC, Allen J, Brown BV, Carper A, Engel MS, Franz N, Gilbert E, Grinter C, Gonzalez VH, Horsley P, Lee S, Maier C, Miko I, Morris P, Oboyski P, Pierce NE, Poelen J, Scott VL, Smith M, Talamas EJ, Tsutsui ND, Tucker E (2021) Announcing Big-Bee: An initiative to promote understanding of bees through image and trait digitization. Biodiversity Information Science and Standards 5: e74037.

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  • Poelen, Jorrit H. (2021). Nomer Corpus of Taxonomic Resources hash://sha256/bb6dac6461b66212c5b1826447d7765529ff5cbadeac1915f7c3be9748eda991 (0.1) [Data set]. Zenodo.

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