I am familiar with making new taxa on iNaturalist, as well as the various taxon changes (swapping etc.). But I was wondering, what’s the best way to deal with a lot of sightings of a newly described species that refers to a subpopulation of a species already on iNaturalist, with one population now having a different name? In the past, this is usually a small set of sightings so it is easy enough to just add ID’s to the new taxon in question.
Case in point: Sphinx dollii, a moth found all over the western USA and parts of NW Mexico is common, with many sightings on iNaturalist. Recently (May 2020) a new species of Sphinx moth (S. vanbuskirki Haxaire, 2020) was described. This refers to S. dollii populations from Texas. Is there an easy way to simply transfer the almost 100 research-grade observations of Texan S. dollii to S. vanbuskirki ? Or should these be identified as they normally would so that they can accumulate new IDs with people that agree with them? I started adding IDs to about a third of the sightings, but I saw this taking too much time, but also maybe “losing” some sightings from ResearchGrade since now they are only identified to the genus level given the greater number of S. dollii IDs compared to my single, new S. vanbuskirki ID. These will obviously eventually be rescued as more people agree with the new S. vanbuskirki identification, but I do not want to risk me inadvertently affecting too many sightings.
Thanks in advance!