Specimen number
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Basic specification
Visible name Specimen number
Typical usage The specimen number is a pseudo-unique identifier for the specimen record.   It is automatically assigned using the customization rules in force at the time the record is created.

It is intended to be unique, but it may not be if you explicitly override its default value.

Visible display type The specimen number is displayed using a simple text box.  Although it is referred to as a "number", in fact it may contain letters as well.
Data entry view Identification view

Storage details
SQL name SpecimenNumber
Storage type A text value up to 20 characters in length.

Import / export notes

When importing and exporting the column name for this item is SpecimenNumber.
When importing with the Merge option, the existing value of this item will be completely overwritten by the value specified in the input file.
Action File type Notes
Import Delimited file If a column with the specimen number is found in the input file, it's value is imported.  If no specimen number column exists in the input file, the normal rules for assigning specimen numbers to new records are invoked.
XML file Specimen numbers are only assigned if found in the input file.
Export Delimited file Exported as it is stored in the database.
XML file ditto

Publication templates

The replacement tag is <cb:SpecimenNumber>. The possible attributes for this tag are shown below. Values marked with an asterisk are used by default.
Attribute Possible values Notes
text on * Show this item exactly as it's stored.
off Replace this tag with nothing.


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Last reviewed March 25, 2004   


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