How does the Taxonomic Name Recognition algorithm work in BHL?

When new or updated page text is added to BHL, that text is used as input for the gnfinder tool from Global Names. See for more information. The gnfinder tool does the following: Analyzes the text Identifies text strings that might be scientific names Compares potential names to multiple repositories of scientific names (such … Read more

The scientific name in BHL is missing or incorrect. Can this be fixed?

Unfortunately we are unable to correct scientific name issues due to the fact that we use an external service through the Global Names Architecture (GNA) ( to identify scientific names within our corpus. We have chosen to be less restrictive in order to match more names. This choice, however, sometimes allows incorrect names to be identified. … Read more

How do I create a bibliography of scientific names?

You can generate a bibliography for a scientific name by either searching for a name (see instructions) or using the following URL structure: Where Scientific_name is any uninomial, binomial, or trinomial. Replace spaces with the underscore ( _ )character. Examples: (Orchid family) (Great white shark) (Great Cormorant) Bibliographies use the canonical … Read more

How do I search for scientific names in BHL?

You can search for a scientific name starting from either the general search bar or advanced search page. If you are starting from General Search… Enter a taxonomic name into the general search box: Select the Scientific Names tab from the results screen: If you are starting from Advanced Search… Select the Scientific Names tab to search … Read more

How are scientific names identified throughout the BHL corpus?

The Biodiversity Heritage Library uses taxonomic intelligence tools, including gnfinder developed by Global Names Architecture, to locate, verify, and record scientific names located within the text of each digitized page. The text used for this identification is usually uncorrected OCR, so may not include all results expected or visible in the page. Learn more about … Read more