Content Author Object Flagger Flag Created Reason Resolved by Resolution
Large Heath (Coenonympha tullia) nlblock Thu, 29 Jul 2021 05:54:54 +0000

it may be split into C. tullia and C. california.

nlblock

Split committed. See comments.

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This flag is to discuss the potential split of C. california from C. tullia, following the Pelham catalogue and BOA. The basis for the split was recently described in Zhang et al. (2020): https://www.zobodat.at/pdf/The-Taxonomic-Report_8-7_0001-0041.pdf. The subspecies that would now be included under T. california are:
ampelos
benjamini
california
columbiana
elko
eryngii
eunomia
furcae
inornata
insulana
mackenziei
mcisaaci
mono
nipisiquit
ochracea
pseudobrenda
subfusca
yontocket

The draft split is here: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxon_splits/95430
Draft swaps for all subspecies above have also been created.
@loarie

Posted by nlblock 6 months ago (Flag)

ok this looks good to me - the steps would be:
1) activate C. california
2) commit the ssp swaps
3) double check the split atlases (as they may have been changed by someone) and commit the split

Thanks for your work on this nlblock - complex tedious and unrewarding work to do this in the clunky way that iNat requires

Posted by loarie 6 months ago (Flag)

Thanks, Scott! I've completed all steps for the split. Always happy to help (as long as I don't accidentally break something!).

Posted by nlblock 6 months ago (Flag)

great!

Posted by loarie 6 months ago (Flag)

As someone how dabbles in butterfly taxonomy, but doesn't read it too closely, this was really confusing to run across. The "About" tabs on the species pages here have nothing useful (Wikipedia doesn't even think C. california exists), and it even occurred to me to check the Pelham catalog, which lists C. california as being defined in 1851 and has no commentary about changes. For a while a few years ago, we had C. california as an elevation to species of the California subspecies, which really made this change now look like a mistake, applying that name here on the East Coast too. I sure wish iNat had a better way to tell when something like this changes. It wasn't easy to find this flag...

Posted by maractwin 6 months ago (Flag)

This came up in a discussion about this split elsewhere, too - the confusion when running across a taxon change that you weren't aware of. @loarie, is there any way to create notifications about taxon changes within a particular taxonomic group of interest?

Posted by nlblock 6 months ago (Flag)

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