I am trying to download specific trait data from the entire EOL database. Specifically, I am conducting a trait search for “with known life cycle habit”. However, the number of data points the search returns varies depending on whether I select “taxa matching ALL filters” vs. “records for taxa matching ALL filters”. I call these Taxa and Records for simplicity
I tried downloading the data using the search results of “with known life cycle habit” using both of these options and I received wildly different dataset sizes
“taxa matching ALL filters”: 119,557
“records for taxa matching ALL filters”: 61,847
I first thought that maybe Taxa contains genera while the Records did not. However, this was not the case as genera do appear in the Records results
My next check was to examine a few entries that only appeared in Taxa. I selected several at random and the information I wanted “with known life cycle habit” appeared as part of the data. Additionally, I couldn’t find any reason why this entry wouldn’t be included in the Records.
This wouldn’t be a problem, except for when trying to download the data. When downloading Taxa, EOL the data does not include the life cycle habit data even though all of the entries I checked have that specific data. I can only obtain the life cycle habit data in the download when I select Records.
Can someone explain the difference between “taxa matching ALL filters” and "records for taxa matching ALL filters”?
Can someone also explain why downloading the data found using the “taxa matching ALL filters” option that the searched-for trait data is not included?
Also, When searching for “life cycle habit” with the value “biennial” the number of entries varies again, but there are more for entries for Records than Taxa this time.
“taxa matching ALL filters”: 1,297
“records for taxa matching ALL filters”: 1,320
Thanks for the help!