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[bioontology-support] [BioPortal] Feedback from Mark Williams

Marijane White whimar at
Thu Jul 22 11:47:11 PDT 2021

The UMLS Metathesaurus vocabulary documentation for the NCBI Taxonomy indicates that it does not include concepts below the species level in the taxonomy, and Canis lupis familiaris is a subspecies of the Canis lupus species. So yes, the UMLS Metathesaurus version of the NCBI Taxonomy is not complete.

Marijane White, M.S.L.I.S.
Data and Research Engagement Librarian, Assistant Professor
Oregon Health & Science University Library
Email: whimar at

On 7/22/21, 10:55 AM, "bioontology-support on behalf of mwilliam" <bioontology-support-bounces at on behalf of mwilliam at> wrote:

    Hi Jennifer,

    The term exists here:

    Also in the NCBI Taxonomy browser:

    Also here:

    So it could well be that the version of NCBITAXON accessed by bioportal 
    is incomplete.



    On 2021-07-22 18:18, Jennifer Leigh Vendetti wrote:
    > Hello Mark,
    >> On Jul 21, 2021, at 8:47 AM, support at wrote:
    >> Feedback:
    >> Hi,
    >> The NCBITAXON term for dog, Canis lupus familiaris, is not returned.
    > We import the NCBI Taxonomy from the National Library of Medicine’s
    > UMLS Metathesaurus. I used their browser software to search for the
    > term you listed above of "Canis lupus familiaris”. I only see one
    > result where this string occurs: "Wolbachia endosymbiont of Canis
    > lupus familiaris” (screenshot below). This matches what BioPortal
    > returns if you execute the same search against our NCBITAXON entry.
    > Could you offer more clarification on what you expected to see here?
    > Thanks,
    > Jennifer
    > UMLS Metathesaurus browser search result:
    > BioPortal search result:
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