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2. Authority files

Several database files, supplied by IBP, are required by this system:

2.1. MAPS species code authority file (2004)

The file describing species codes (and codes for subspecies and more generic forms as well) is represented as a dBASE V .dbf file. The current version of this file is named SPCODE04.DBF, for year 2004.

Here is a table showing the dBASE V names of these fields, their field types, and their contents.

NameTypeSizeContents
SSNN5 
ENOC1 
NUMBC5 
SPECC4 Preferred MAPS species code. Example: SCGO for Small Canada Goose.
BBLSPECC4 Bird Banding Lab code, if different than SPEC.
COMMONNAMEC37 Common name, e.g., “Small Canada Goose”.
PNOC1 
CATC1 
SPGC1 
ORDC1 
ORD1C4 
ORD2C4 
ORD3C4 
ORD4C4 
ORDNC4 
GENUSC16 Genus name.
SPECIESC17 Species name.
SPEC6C6 Six-letter code used in MAWS data.
ORD6C1 
AOUN6 AOU number.
BANDSIZEC16 List of permissible band sizes, separated by spaces, left-justified.
XC1