Workbench: Map Hybrid Species how?

How you do map a species hybrid in Workbench?

There should be two fields on the taxon form for hybrid parent 1 and hybrid parent 2. The taxon name would still need to be constructed and entered. So, for instance you could enter Percina caprodes as parent hybrid 1 and Percina phoxocephala and hybrid parent 2 and then construct the taxon name as genus=Percina and species=caprodes x phoxocephala. You could then also check the Is Hybrid checkbox if need be.

On second look it appears that these “fields” are relationships and not fields and although they can be added to the taxon form, it is not possible to map them in the Workbench. We will have to investigate further.

In the past, I haven’t had great success with simultaneously creating the taxon record WITH both parents. Typically I import with the name written out or with a flag, then go manually add the parents later. I didn’t try very hard to figure out an alternative, but if there is one, I’d be happy to hear it. I found I they had to be separate steps…

Okay. There are only 117 hybrids in my dataset of 125000 so I’ll just have to manually edit these after import.

We do not bother with HybridParent1 and HybridParent2 at all anymore and just put the hybrid formula (minus the genus name of the first parent) in the Name field (that would mostly be Species in the Workbench).

Also, we use the feature that marks new records in the Workbench and add any new Taxon, Geography and Agent through the data entry forms. This might not work for everyone, but for us that makes it easier to maintain our Taxon and Geography trees and Agents. It is good for data quality too, as often new records are just spelling errors. In the case of taxa, it saves us from needing to have the entire classification in the Workbench dataset too.