Hi all! I am a high school student working on a project involving mothur.
I have a couple questions. What do the numbers in parentheses indicate in mothur taxonomy files? For example, Archaea(100);Euryarchaeota(88);Thermoplasmata(87);Thermoplasmatales(79);BSLdp215(77);unclassified(77);
I’ve noticed that in some of my taxonomy files the only difference between two OTUs is the number in parentheses.
Occasionally, mothur seems to list some OTUs separately, in the same taxonomy file, even though it appears that they are the same OTU. Has anyone experienced this issue before? I can send the files to anyone who is interested in helping. I’d appreciate any advice.