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OTU identifiers in sequence labels

OTU sequences must have OTU identifiers
An OTU table is generated by the otutab command. OTU identifiers are extracted from the sequence labels in the search database.

OTU identifier syntax
First, usearch looks for an annotation otu=xxx; in the label. If this is found, then xxx is the OTU identifier. Otherwise, the OTU identifier is the sequence label with all annotations removed, i.e. all characters up to the first semi-colon (;) or the end of the label, which ever comes first.
 
Examples
The following labels all contain an OTU identifier with 123.

>FQZ00866;otu=Otu123;

>Otu123

>Zotu123