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Identifier (Taxonomy)

Field used for natural science collections


  • This field contains the name of the person who identified the specimen.


  • N.B.: Do not confuse the Identifier field with the Collector field. The Identifier field contains the name of the person who identified the specimen. The Collector field contains the name of the person who harvested, gathered, or sampled the specimen. It is possible, but not mandatory, for the two fields to contain the same name.

Entry rules:

  1. Enter the family name, followed by a comma, a space and the first name.

    Identifier Takashi, David
  2. Initials should be followed by periods.

    Identifier Rosa, Claudio O.
  3. Periods and commas should be followed by a space, unless they are followed by other punctuation.

    Identifier Rosa, Claudio O.; Poirier, Louise
  4. If an individual has an honorific title, enter his or her family name, comma, space, first name, comma, space and the title.

    Identifier Dumoulin, Pierre, Father
  5. If you wish to enter two names for the same person, first enter the name by which he or she is best known, following the rules above, and add the other name in parentheses without inverting it.
    Example 1

    Identifier Dupuis, Juliette (Juliette Carrier)
    Example 2

    Identifier Saint-Stanislas, Sister, a.s.v. (Gabrielle Beaulieu)
  6. Names of organizations must be entered in full, respecting their spelling and without abbreviations.

    Identifier Jean Little & Son Ltd.
  7. Enter the acronym if it is the most widely known name of the business, followed by the full name in parentheses.

    Identifier IRBV (Institut de recherche en biologie végétale de l'Université de Montréal)
  8. This field may contain multiple entries separated by a semicolon followed by a space.

    Identifier Vinh, Robert; Granger, Pierre © Société des musées du Québec