Automatically creates unique identifiers (=shortnames stored in field 'name') for species entries in the database. It is required for ARB that all species have different, unique IDs - otherwise ARB will misbehave in many ways!
The single species entries are normally distinguished and identified by their accession numbers.
The unique IDs are created using information from the 'full_name'.
Usually, the first three letters are taken from the genus designation, the remaining letters from the species name.
These tasks (identification and ID-generation) are handled by the so called NAMESERVER.
If there are duplicated (ie. indistinguishable) species entries, the different versions are indicated by appending a dot followed by running numbers: e.g. "DicTherm.2", "DicTherm.3", ...