For each species record, enter these fields on one line:
Place two spaces in the first two columns.
Enter the one-character status code in the third
column. This is normally blank, but may be
for dubious or
Enter the scientific name. The taxon is generally a binomial, but it may include a subgenus as it customarily represented: in parentheses, between the genus and species names.
Enter one slash (“
/”), followed by the English name.
Multi-word names are encoded as
is the last
word or hyphenated group and
is the preceding words,
e.g., “Owl, Great Gray”.
In most cases, you're done. However, if this
species is involved in a collision—that is,
if it is one of a group of two or more names that
abbreviate to the same code according to the
rules—enter another slash
followed by the
disambiguation, that is, the
substitute code for this species.
Here are some examples of species lines. The last two
show the disambiguation of the collision for code
Anas strepera/Gadwall Anas penelope/Wigeon, Eurasian Haliaeetus pelagicus/Sea-Eagle, Steller's +Camptorhynchus labradorius/Duck, Labrador ?Aerodramus vanikorensis/Swiftlet, Gray Cygnus (Olor) buccinator/Swan, Trumpeter Cygnus (Cygnus) olor/Swan, Mute Dendroica fusca/Warbler, Blackburnian/BKBWAR Dendroica striata/Warbler, Blackpoll/BKPWAR