First off, I’d really like to give a shout-out to the brave people who have created and maintain this great package – the fame is yours!
So, while exploring the capabilities of the package some issues with the ITIS-Server arose and with large datasets things weren’t working out quite well for me.
I then switched to the NCBI API and saw that the result is much better here (way quicker, on first glance also a higher coverage).
At the time there is no taxize-function that will pull taxonomic details from a classification returned by NCBI, that’s why I plugged together a little wrapper – see here:
# some species data: spec