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I'm trying to suppress initials within inline citations. I'm using biblatex. I've searched through other posts, and found that setting uniquename=false and uniquelist=false has worked for other people. However, setting these options is not working for me. How can I get my citations to appear as follows:

'some text (Anderson 1999) and more text (Armenta et al. 2008)'.

My bib file is as follows:

  author = {{Andersson, S.}},
  title = {Morphology of UV reflectance in a whistling-thrush: implications
    for the study of structural colour signalling in birds},
  journal = {Journal of Avian Biology},
  year = {1999},
  volume = {30:},
  pages = {193-204}

  author = {{Armenta, J.K., Dunn, P.O. \& Whittingham, L.A.}},
  title = {{Effects of specimen age on plumage color}},
  journal = {The Auk},
  year = {2008},
  volume = {125:},
  pages = {803--808},
  file = {:Users/rossahmed/Library/Application Support/Mendeley Desktop/Downloaded/Armenta, Dunn, Whittin\textit{g\textit{}}ham - 2008 - Effects of specimen age on plumage color.pdf:pdf},
  publisher = {BioOne},
  url = {http://www.bioone.org/doi/abs/10.1525/auk.2008.07006}

My .tex file is as follows:




\renewcommand*{\nameyeardelim}{\addspace} % remove comma inline citations





some text \parencite{AnderssonS1999} and more text \parencite{armenta2008}


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The author lists in your sample bib entries are wrapped in braces ({...}). Moreover author names aren't delimited with and. This prevents BibTeX/biber from parsing names correctly. Refer to biblatex-examples.bib from the documentation for proper bib file format.

  author = {Andersson, S.},
  volume = {30},

  author = {Armenta, J.K. and Dunn, P.O. and Whittingham, L.A.},
  volume = {125},

The bib entry should provide only the data. Most formatting, delimiters and punctuation should be handled with biblatex.

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