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Taxon Clean-Up To Do List

Last updated about 15 hours ago

EOL takes names and classifications from different content partners and organizes them into taxon concepts represented by EOL taxon pages. For example, have a look at the Names tab of the sperm whale page to see the names and classifications united in this taxon concept. The taxon concepts are created by an algorithm that tries to make sense of a huge amount of name and synonym data, taking into account various complications, e.g., variations in the spelling of author names. But sometimes things go horribly wrong, and EOL ends up with multiple pages for the same species, or several different taxa are inappropriately united in a common taxon concept.

We now have a new tool for master curators that makes it easier to manage taxon concepts on EOL. In this collection, we are keeping track of problematic taxon concepts that need to be either split (i.e., multiple taxa are inappropriately united on the same EOL page) or merged (i.e., there are multiple EOL pages for the same taxon). If you would like to add something to the collection, drop a note in the collection newsfeed below. We will then make you a manager of the collection, so you can add taxa that need to be split or merged. When adding items to this collection, please be sure to add detailed instructions in the annotation. If you request a taxon concept split, list the taxa that should be removed from the current concept and explain your request. Be sure to report both the name, including authority if available, and the provider ("Recognized by") of all taxa that should be moved to a new page. You can find this information in the Names tab of the page you want to split. If you request a taxon concept merge, add all the taxon pages to this collection that should be merged, then add a comment in the annotation of one of them explaining your merge request.

For a list of the taxon concepts that have already been fixed, see Taxon Clean-Up Tasks Completed. Tasks that have been initiated but have not yet finished or did not execute properly are here: Taxon Clean-Up Tasks With Pending Issues.

  • 31738_88_88 Animalia > Mollusca


    Merge with correctly spelled Pelecypoda

  • 05713_88_88 Chromista



    My knowledge of algal systematics is extremely limited, but there appear to be loads of non-diatom images appearing on this diatom (Bacillariophyta) page

  • 13067_88_88 Plantae > Asparagaceae

    Agave cantala


    AG Valensuela Zapata & GP Nabhan (2003) stated in their book it has been generally accepted that A. vivipara L. does have priority over A. cantala.

    Valensuela Zapata, Ana Guadalupe & Gary Paul Nabhan (2003). Tequila: A Natural and Cultural History. University of Arizona Press.
  • 98941_88_88 Fungi > Omphalotus Fayod, 1889

    Omphalotus illudens

    Jack O’lantern

    Omphalotus illudens and O. olearius appear to be well established as distinct species rather than synonyms. But sorting out images and other content to the right pages could be tricky given that BOTH species occur in Europe (olearius in southern Europe, illudens in northern Europe) and North American O. illudens has often been referred to as O. olearius in the literature. Key reference: Kirchmair, M., S. Morandell, D. Stolz, and R. Pöder. 2004. Phylogeny of the Genus Omphalotus Based on Nuclear Ribosomal DNA-Sequences. Mycologia 96(6): 1253-1260.