I have a question on iNat policy regarding two taxonomic cases. I didn’t see an answer in the lengthy Curator Guide.
In iNat’s taxonomy, what should the binomials be for these two animal species?:
- Species without a genus. A described species now classified in a particular family-group rank but unplaced to genus. The original genus and any subsequent one are now known to be incorrect, but the correct one isn’t known.
If the answer is to include the most recently used genus in the binomial until the correct genus is figured out by taxonomists, then what’s the best way to keep a future curator from seeing a species with a tribe parent and moving it to the same-named genus where it doesn’t actually belong?
- Species without a specific epithet. An undescribed species, known to be distinct from described congeners and even easily identifiable from photos, and whose genus is known, but whose specific epithet hasn’t been declared by any published description.
I’ve photographed an example of each case in the past month, and in one case, a new iNat taxon needs to be created for the species. But what would the full binomial be for an iNat taxon?