Retrieves taxonomic and other information from the Fish Tree of Life API.

fishtree_taxonomy(ranks = NULL)

Arguments

ranks

One or more taxonomic ranks to retrieve.

Value

A list, with components containing data on the specified taxa. If `ranks` is unspecified, a data frame with all valid taxa is returned instead.

References

Rabosky, D. L., Chang, J., Title, P. O., Cowman, P. F., Sallan, L., Friedman, M., Kashner, K., Garilao, C., Near, T. J., Coll, M., Alfaro, M. E. (2018). An inverse latitudinal gradient in speciation rate for marine fishes. Nature, 559(7714), 392–395. doi:10.1038/s41586-018-0273-1

Examples

tax <- fishtree_taxonomy(rank = "Labridae") n_total <- length(tax$Labridae$species) n_sampl <- length(tax$Labridae$sampled_species) paste("There are", n_sampl, "sampled species out of", n_total, "in wrasses.")
#> [1] "There are 339 sampled species out of 633 in wrasses."