# species name Quercus leucotrichophora

gbif("Quercus", "leucotrichophora", download = T)

sp1 <- gbif("Quercus", "leucotrichophora", geo=T, download = T) #  download is essebtial for data.frame

class(sp1) # object is a data.frame


# extract only lat long columns
spg <- sp1%>%select( lon,lat)

The error it is throwing is as follows:

Error in (function (classes, fdef, mtable) : unable to find an inherited method for function ‘select’ for signature ‘"data.frame"

  • try dplyr::select()
    – JonasV
    Mar 3, 2021 at 7:33

1 Answer 1


Where has the gbif function come from? Oh, maybe its dismo (you didn't mention this in your question):

> library(dismo)
Loading required package: raster
Loading required package: sp

Attaching package: ‘raster’

The following object is masked from ‘package:dplyr’:


and because that's attached raster that has masked the select from dplyr.

But that's okay, you should never use select from dplyr anyway, instead get columns in the usual R way:

> spg = sp1[,c("lon","lat")]
> head(spg)
       lon      lat
1 79.65582 29.46042
2 82.48634 28.09335
3 79.53100 29.36000
4 78.35500 30.67417
  • Yeah, gbif () is from dismo package... thank you it helped Mar 4, 2021 at 8:11

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