File and Folder names
 
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

When the website started in 1995, Microsoft filenames were restricted to 8 characters, so a lot of the specific names had to be abbreviated to become file names. It led to a lot of ambiguity and arbitrary naming, and became a mess. In 2017 we started bringing the website into the 21st Century, and make all the filenames the same as the specific names. This is now the system.

But: where two or more species have the same specific name in a folder, one or more file names get the initial letter(s) of the genus appended:

  • cato: Cyclodes spectans and Speiredonia spectans
  • cato: Attonda trifasciata and Mocis trifasciata
  • chro: Circopetes obtusata and Dichromodes obtusata
  • enno: Ectropis excursaria and Syneora excursaria
  • geom: Alloeopage cinerea and Pingasa cinerea
  • hepi: Oxycanus barnardi and Abantiades barnardi
  • lare: Chrysolarentia squamulata and Microdes squamulata
  • lasi: Pararguda rufescens and Pinara rufescens
  • lyca: Danis danis and Hypolycaena danis
  • lyca: Hypochrysops miskini and Theclinesthes miskini
  • lyma: Acyphas fulviceps and Icta fulviceps
  • nymp: Oreixenica kershawi and Vanessa kershawi
  • sphi: Ambulyx dohertyi and Daphnis dohertyi and Macroglossum dohertyi
  • spil: Haritalodes obliqualis and Nacoleia obliqualis
  • spil: Arthroschista tricoloralis and Eurrhyparodes tricoloralis
  • tort: Grapholita molesta and Neocalyptis molesta
  • tort: Spilonota constrictana and Constrictana constrictana

    The folder/directory names are in general the first four letters of the family, subfamily, tribe or group, with the exceptions of:

  • blab: BLASTOBASIDAE
  • blad: BLASTODACNIDAE
  • chro: OENOCHROMINAE
  • helc: HELIOCOSMA GROUP
  • held: HELIODINIDAE
  • hypn: HYPENINAE
  • hypo: HYPENODINAE
  • pyru: PYRAUSTINAE
  • tino: TINEODIDAE

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    updated 9 July 2019, 10 August 2019, 13 February 2020, 14 December 2021