Australian Vegetation Attribute Manual

National Vegetation Information System, Version 6.0
Executive Steering Committee for Australian Vegetation Information (ESCAVI)
Department of the Environment and Heritage, 2003
ISBN 0 642 54953 2

Section Three (continued): List of NVIS Attributes

Descriptions of NVIS Attributes (continued)

Supplementary Taxon Information

Taxon List Origin Information

Attribute: TO01 - TAXON LIST ORIGIN CUSTODIAN
Heading Details
Purpose: To name the custodian of each taxon list used to supply species data to NVIS.
Requirement: QAQC
Database Field Name: TAXON_LIST_ORIGIN_CUSTODIAN (was: TAXON_LIST_SOURCE)
Description: A short description of the originating institution or custodian of the taxon list.
The custodian should be an authority within the jurisdiction for supplying current species names.
Value: Character(2000).
Example: Queensland Herbarium
Comments:  
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Attribute: TO02 - TAXON LIST ORIGIN STATE
Heading Details
Purpose: To name the state of origin of each taxon list used to supply species data to NVIS.
Requirement: QAQC
Database Field Name: TAXON_LIST_ORIGIN_STATE
Description: The state of the source, from which the taxon list has been derived.
Value: Character(20)
Example: 4
Comments: May need two attributes.
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Look-up Table for: TAXON LIST ORIGIN STATE
Code Explanation
1 Australian Capital Territory
2 New South Wales
3 Northern Territory
4 Queensland
5 South Australia
6 Tasmania
7 Victoria
8 Western Australia
Attribute: TO03 - TAXON LIST ORIGIN DETAILS
Heading Details
Purpose: To name the name and date of each taxon list used to supply species data to NVIS.
Requirement: QAQC
Database Field Name: TAXON_LIST_ORIGIN_DETAILS
Description: The name and date of the source list from which the taxon list has been derived.
Value: Character(2000)
Example: Victorian Herbarium list, July 1999
Comments: Any known limitations, errors, caveats or user instructions should be added in this' attribute.
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Taxon Source Information

Attribute: TL01 - TAXON LISTS SOURCE CODE
Heading Details
Purpose:  
Requirement: Optional
Database Field Name: TAXON_LISTS_SOURCE_CODE
Description: The authority's (TAXON SOURCE) code for each taxon used for data entry. This attribute is based on the authority's coding system.
Value: Character(50).
Example: 'eucatetr' represents Eucalyptus tetrodonta in a particular dataset or jurisdiction.
Comments: These codes will not be comparable between data sets or jurisdictions and are only used to provide a link to the TAXON SOURCE and TAXON SOURCE IDENTIFIER.
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Attribute: TL02 - TAXON LISTS FAMILY
Heading Details
Purpose: To describe a family of a taxon in the master list of a jurisdiction.
Requirement: Recommended
Database Field Name: TAXON_LISTS_FAMILY
Description: Recognised Family name as of time of entry into the database. The data custodian must use the latest taxonomic name for each species.
Value: Character(50).
Example: Myrtaceae
Comments:  
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Attribute: TL03 - TAXON LISTS GENUS
Heading Details
Purpose: To describe a genus of a taxon in the master list of a jurisdiction.
Requirement: Essential
Database Field Name: TAXON_LISTS_GENUS
Description: Recognised Genus name as of time of entry into the database. The data custodian must use the currently-accepted taxonomic name for each species.
Value: Character(50).
Example: Eucalyptus
Comments:  
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Attribute: TL04 - TAXON LISTS SPECIES
Heading Details
Purpose: To describe the species epithet of a taxon in the master list of a jurisdiction.
Requirement: Essential
Database Field Name: TAXON_LISTS_SPECIES
Description: Recognised Species name as of time of entry into the database. The data custodian must use the currently-accepted taxonomic name for each species.
Value: Character(50).
Example: tetrodonta
Comments:  
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Attribute: TL05 - TAXON LISTS AUTHOR
Heading Details
Purpose: To describe an author of a species binomial in the master list of a jurisdiction.
Requirement: Recommended
Database Field Name: TAXON_LISTS_AUTHOR
Description: The author citation of the species in standard abbreviated form.
A valid author abbreviation for a species as described in HISPID (1993).
Value: Character(2000).
Example: Mueller, F.J.H. von
Comments:  
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Attribute: TL06 - TAXON LISTS INFRASPECIES RANK
Heading Details
Purpose: To describe the infraspecies rank of a taxon in the master list of a jurisdiction.
Requirement: Recommended
Database Field Name: TAXON_LISTS_INFRA_SPECIES_RANK
Description: A field to indicate the lowest infraspecific rank for the species. This can be left blank if a species has no infraspecies.
Value: Character(50); This is a value set from an expandable lookup table. Initial values are set by the administrator, new values will be added as required, according to the guidelines in Appendix B.
Example: subsp.
Comments: The options: s. lat., s. str. and sp. aff. are conveniently stored in this attribute, but actually refer to the specific epithet (i.e. looking upwards in the taxonomic hierarchy) rather than to the infraspecies.
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Look-up Table for: TAXON LISTS INFRASPECIES RANK
Code Explanation
subsp. subspecies - Taxon description is at the subspecies level.
var. variety - Taxon description is at the variety level.
cv. cultivar - Taxon description is at the cultivar level.
f. form - Taxon description is at the form level.
s. lat. sensu lato - The taxon description is at the species level refers to a wide interpretation of the species.
sp. aff. species with affinity to- The taxon description at the species level refers to an undescribed taxonomic entity that is similar to the described species.
subf. subform - Taxon description is at the subform level.
Attribute: TL07 - TAXON LISTS INFRASPECIES
Heading Details
Purpose: To describe an infraspecies (subspecies, variety, etc.) name of a taxon in the master list of a jurisdiction.
Requirement: Recommended
Database Field Name: TAXON_LISTS_INFRA_SPECIES
Description: The name of lowest infraspecific rank for the species.
Do no enter this field if the INFRASPECIES RANK is not recorded.
Value: Character(50).
Example: leptophylla (in Boronia inornata subspecies leptophylla)
Comments:  
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Attribute: TL08 - TAXON LISTS INFRASPECIES AUTHOR
Heading Details
Purpose:  
Requirement: Recommended
Database Field Name: TAXON_LISTS_INFRA_SP_AUTHOR
Description: The author citation of the recorded INFRASPECIES in standard abbreviated form.
A valid author abbreviation for an infraspecies as described in HISPID (1993).
Value: Character(2000).
Example: Bisby (1994)
Comments:  
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Attribute: TL09 - TAXON LISTS COMMON NAME
Heading Details
Purpose: To describe the common name of a taxon in the master list of a jurisdiction.
Requirement: Optional
Database Field Name: TAXON_LISTS_COMMON_NAME
Description: The common name applied to the species or infraspecies. Useful for publishing and reporting.
Value: Character(2000).
Example: Sydney bluegum
Comments: The common name will only be applicable to this data set unless differences are resolved between data sets.
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database.
Attribute: TL10 - TAXON LISTS REFERENCE
Heading Details
Purpose: To provide further details of the primary reference describing the species.
Requirement: Optional
Database Field Name: TAXON_LISTS_REFERENCE
Description: The author citation of the recorded taxon (SPECIES and/or INFRASPECIES) in long form
Value: Character(2000); Where a secondary reference is present for a taxon, use a semi-colon delimiter after the primary reference and put the secondary reference after it, in this field.
Example: Jessop, J. P. (ed) (September 1993) A List of the Vascular Plants of South Australia. Edition IV. Botanic Gardens of Adelaide and State Herbarium, Adelaide.
Comments: This is more useful than the abbreviated author name, because it can be more-readily looked up.
Status: Implemented in the NVIS Oracle database. Where they exist, incorporate secondary references into this field.