The BIBLIO Table

References remain attached to the proper species

We also included a field for the Name Used as Valid for a species in a given reference (not shown in the BIBLIOGRAPHY window but is available from the REFERENCE INFORMATION window through the All species treated button).

This close integration of synonyms and references ensures that publications remain attached to the proper biological species, even if the scientific name changes. It also allows us to print automatically updated lists of nomenclatural changes for our references, from Linnaeus (1758) onwards (see ‘Nomenclatural Changes’, below).

The BIBLIO table also includes a field for the page number where the species is dealt with and a field for citations, a feature that we have just started to explore.

How to get there

You get to the BIBLIO table by clicking on the References button in the SPECIES window. Double-click on a reference to get to the REFERENCE USED window containing details on the reference.

You get to the list of scientific names used as valid cited in the reference by clicking on the More information on the reference button in the REFERENCE USED window and then on the All species treated button from the REFERENCE INFORMATION window.


On the Internet, information from BIBLIO (page number, comment, citation, name used as valid) is shown in the ‘Reference Summary’ page if accessed from the ‘Species Summary’ page.


Credit is due to Emily Capuli for suggesting to record the Name Used as Valid, a very important improvement of the FishBase design.


Linnaeus, C. 1758. Systema Naturae per Regna Tria Naturae secundum Classes, Ordinus, Genera, Species cum Characteriibus, Differentiis Synonymis, Locis. 10th ed., Vol. 1. Holmiae Salvii. 824 p.

Rainer Froese and Maria Lourdes D. Palomares