Title

HelminthR: An R interface to the London Natural History Museum's Host-Parasite Database

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-2016

Abstract

© 2016 Nordic Society Oikos. The understanding of the diversity and distribution of helminth parasites is currently constrained by the limited number of host-parasite interaction databases, and the difficulty in accessing existing data. The London Natural History Museum's Host-Parasite Database represents one such underutilized database, containing over a quarter million helminth parasite occurrence records, accessible through a web interface. To enable users to programmatically search and manipulate data from this database, I developed an R package called helminthR. Here, I introduce the core functions of the package, and detail how helminthR can be used to obtain host-parasite interaction records, citations for interactions, and host taxonomic data.

Publication Source (Journal or Book title)

Ecography

First Page

391

Last Page

393

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