Michаel Frаnkis

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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"??

    about 1 month 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!!)

    about 1 month 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

    about 1 month ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

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

    about 1 month 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.

    about 1 month 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.

    about 1 month 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'.

    about 1 month 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).

    about 1 month 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.

    about 1 month 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?

    2 months ago

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

    Prunus sp.

    3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: That would be good, though I fear that - because of cuts in funding - NOAA probably don't have anyone who can spare the time to add the relevant photos to the EoL Group. If they blanket-added everything in their photostream to the EoL Group, we'd be left wading through hundreds (? thousands) of irrelevant photos (like this) of no use to us. Tricky!

    3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on an older version of File:Young boy slicing cabbage.jpg:

    Taxon insignificant in photo

    3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    I've uploaded a couple to Commons as starters (for ones where I knew the species name); I didn't get any 'already at commons' warning, so (at least the newer ones) aren't in general on yet:
    here and here

    3 months ago • edited: 3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: The other option would be to add them all to wiki commons, the license is suitable. But they'd need identifying and adding to their respective named categories.

    3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "Yan Wong":

    @Michаel Frаnkis: Done Sisymbrium loeselii; helped by one of the photo sets being by someone (AnRo0002) I've found very reliable.

    3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on "EOL Curators":

    @Yan Wong: Re that habitat photo - that one's tricky, as none of the listed taxa are visible in the photo. So it has to be taken on trust that they are present there, it can't be independently verified. Normally I'd give habitat photos a fairly high mark if the taxon is visible in it (more important than e.g. garden or zoo portraits, which aren't natural), but in this case, a lower rating is probably better.

    3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    @Yan Wong: Hi Yan - re Sisymbrium loeselii, I'll take a look, but it isn't a species I'm hugely familiar with so I'll need to read up a bit before I do.

    3 months ago

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    Michаel Frаnkis commented on Michаel Frаnkis's newsfeed:

    Finding a lot of images with this message:

    The association to Xxxxxx xxxxxx cannot be curated because it is being previewed after a harvest.

    Anything that can be done with them, other than wait a few days and Try to remember to revisit?

    3 months ago