Michаel Frаnkis

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    Hi Yan - with photos from Commons like this one: http://eol.org/data_objects/28711456 it's simpler to go to the Commons original and remove the incorrect category there (I've done so now!), then the pic is correctly allocated after the next harvest ;-)

    1 day ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "File:SierraLeoneP012.tif":

    @Luc Baudouin: It's easier to go to the Wiki Commons source page, and change the category at the bottom of the page from 'Cocos nucifera' to 'Elaeis guineensis' - then the error is corrected automatically at the next harvest of Commons. I've done it now ;-)

    6 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - Thanks! Must admit, I'd never thought of that - how do I apply? And thanks for the offer of support!

    On the Eucalyptus rudis pic, is it possible to 'un-set' an exemplar? The only way I can think of is to set a different pic as one, which I don't want to do as the rest are less good!

    8 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: "By the way, I reckon it's probably a good idea to simultaneously give high ratings scores to any pictures you choose as exemplars" — that's exactly what I've been doing for a long time ;-) Only problem is, as soon as I vote 5* for anything, someone else always seems to come along and kill-vote it, making it difficult to get the best pics to stay near the top :-(

    8 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Eucalyptus rudis - the photo of the tree is a cultivated specimen, so again, can't be relied on, but the herbarium specimen is wild origin (Swan River) so (although not ideal, unfortunately) I've set that as the example pic.

    8 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Dryopteris fragrans done; also swapped round which of the drawings was hidden, as the wiki commons version was derived from a more detailed higher resolution scan ;-)

    8 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Oreortyx pictus done too

    8 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan,

    Starting on them. Fothergilla gardenii, I've had to pass up on those pics, they are all (without exception, sadly) of cultivated material, so hybrids with Fothergilla major (or misidentifications of it!) can't be ruled out - bit of a shame that there's no verified wild specimens from the iNature group.
    The Thalassoica antarctica pic was an easy one to do (a very distinctive species!).

    8 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Agree the one Cyndy set as exemplar is the best I could find too - I was just about to re-set it as exemplar, but it vanished from the listings after I star-rated it!
    Maybe because it is currently marked as "The association to Melanerpes erythrocephalus cannot be curated because it is being previewed after a harvest"??

    8 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    Duplicate:
    http://eol.org/pages/5120209/overview (erroneous name)
    http://eol.org/pages/819830/overview (correct name)

    Could they be merged please! (so long since I found a page to merge, I've forgotten how to report them properly!!)

    11 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: I've noticed similar mixed ordering on several pages with some Trusted below some Unreviewed, though never with Unreviewed right at the top like this

    12 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: You make it if you like, please!

    15 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - Thanks! Crataegus coriacea Solander ex Woods [BHL] is a synonym of Chamaemeles coriacea Lindl., and should be merged there.

    Crataegus coriacea Gand. is a synonym of C. laevigata though.

    15 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    I'd say we should select known wild origin, 100% of the time. Species in captivity / cultivation are frequently hybrids, or misidentified, often atypical, and do not show the taxon in its natural environment. Even where the species (as currently defined) may be obvious, subspecies usually won't be known; this leads to problems with time as subspecies are shown by further research to be distinct species, and the photos change from 'species identified' to 'unidentified'.

    Case in point: the Ptilopsis owls of Africa. These were formerly regarded as a single species, Ptilopsis leucotis, but this was recently split into two species, Ptilopsis leucotis in the northern subtropics, and Ptilopsis granti in the southern subtropics. The two species are easily identified in the wild by location and vocally, but are visually indistinguishable. Ptilopsis owls are common in captivity, and most are labelled Ptilopsis leucotis, though many (most?) of them are actually likely to be Ptilopsis granti due to its greater accessibility to markets. So captive specimens of Ptilopsis are not identifiable, and quite simply can't be trusted.

    To draw a similar parallel, directly relevant to what you say: we have a few photos from the wild of Ailurus fulgens which are of mediocre photographic quality (camera trap results), and dozens of photos from zoos, many of high photographic quality. But not one of the zoo photos is identified to either source location or to subspecies (A. f. fulgens in the Himalaya, A. f. styani in SW China). If future research shows a deep genetic divide between the two subspecies (or even between other as-yet un-named populations) and thus a species split (very possible, even likely, given the barriers to migration in the deep valleys of the area), then every single one of those zoo photos becomes worthless as just unidentified Ailurus sp. (as they already are unidentifiable to subspecies), and might as well be deleted.

    This can even affect species which one might think to be no-brainer identifications: how many captive specimens of Loxodonta africana might actually turn out to be Loxodonta cyclotis misnamed? Answer: probably not many, but we don't, and effectively can't, know precisely.

    20 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Could well be. We'll have to wait for info from those 'In the know'.

    21 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - I've frequently noticed things like this disappearing; I've also likewise repeatedly having to untrust some erroneous vernacular names, but they keep on reappearing as 'trusted' a few days later. In at least some of the cases the erroneous names are coming from ITIS (long noted as full of errors!), and appear to be re-trusted with each update from ITIS. I'd suggest that data from ITIS (particularly vernacular names) should be auto-tagged as 'unreviewed' rather than automatically trusted.

    Same too about exemplar images, many of the ones I've set are no longer so set, with no record of any other curator having changed to a new pic. Having said that, we do have better Spilopelia senegalensis pics than the one you chose, which isn't very high resolution - there's certainly far better on Wiki Commons, which will be on EoL probably awaiting curation (I'll go through later tonight).

    21 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: I'm not familiar with Tsetse Fly, but David Bygott's photos have invariably been correctly identified for species that I am familiar with, so I'd think it safe to trust on that basis. His pics are also of excellent quality, among the best on EoL.

    22 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    Star rating has been down for the past few days - any info on when it'll be working again, please?

    29 days ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Image of an unknown taxon":

    Prunus sp.

    about 1 month ago