Notes From Nature Talk

Two labels? Correction? How to transcribe?

  • digitalison by digitalison

    This record seems to have two labels, perhaps one is a correction from the original collector? Not sure how to address this in transcription.


  • am.zooni by am.zooni

    The upper label is a later determination of the scientific name of the specimen. Sometimes it confirms the name on the original label (often indicated with an exclamation mark rather than restating the name); other times it is a correction. Sometimes there are even more than two labels. According to the FAQ (, item 11), you should transcribe only the latest name. The secondary labels almost always have a date and the name (or at least initials) of the scientist. Use that date to identify the most recent name given to the specimen (unless stated otherwise, assume the 'date collected' on the original label is also the date the original name was determined).


  • md68135 by md68135 scientist

    I agree. Thanks @am.zooni !