Ungrafted taxon: Life

This is on my dashboard today. Has some other type of Life system been discovered?


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I saw this back in March, but it went away so I didn’t say anything. Given that it redirects to the taxa page, I’m guessing the system identified “Life” as ungrafted because it has no parent.

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Interesting it’s still the same 3 taxa showing up together.

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…yet. ;-)

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@tiwane
Hasn’t anybody figured out a way to resolve this one?
Is this really the same taxon as ID 48460 or another one with the same name?
Shouldn’t the parent of Life be Life or would the circularity create problems?
Just curious :smile:

This is interesting. As a highest level, I see ‘Biota’ shown by groups like WoRMS https://www.marinespecies.org/, and Catalogue of Life, https://www.catalogueoflife.org/. As seen in CoL, this highest term is ‘unranked’, as it is not a formal level like the Kingdoms and below, so it is a useful as a parent, but not a taxonomic term?

Meanwhile, iNat shows the top level as ‘LIfe’ or ‘State of Matter Life’, correct?

Note: GBIF does not (still, I think) use a higher level than Kingdom–no equivalent parent like Biota or Life. This was the source of a recent issue I noticed because general observations as Biota in OBIS (say, from genetic barcoding) were being reinterpreted as a terrestrial plant species of genus Biota synonym for Platycadus) (https://www.gbif.org/occurrence/map?taxon_key=7326344). The issue was not seen with iNat observations because general level Life is not passed on to GBIF.

Would it be useful to discuss this matter across platforms / taxonomic authorities, for suggested use of top-level parent?

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