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ready Vertebrate Taxonomy Ontology

Abbreviation: VTO

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The Vertebrate Taxonomy Ontology includes both extinct and extant vertebrates, aiming to provide one comprehensive hierarchy. The hierarchy backbone for extant taxa is based on the NCBI taxonomy. Since the NCBI taxonomy only includes species associated with archived genetic data, to complement this, we also incorporate taxonomic information across the vertebrates from the Paleobiology Database (PaleoDB). The Teleost Taxonomy Ontology (TTO) and AmphibiaWeb (AWeb) are incorporated to provide a more authoritative hierarchy and a richer set of names for specific taxonomic groups.


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Created in 2015

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How to cite this record VTO; Vertebrate Taxonomy Ontology; DOI:; Last edited: Jan. 8, 2019, 1:37 p.m.; Last accessed: Jan 24 2022 10:55 a.m.

Record added: Oct. 24, 2017, 9:41 a.m.
Record updated: Jan. 8, 2019, 1:37 p.m.


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