I spend a bit of time cleaning up ungrafted taxa, of which there seems to be a never-ending stream.
I’ve come across a problem just recently, when an ungrafted taxon has one or more, but only casual-grade observations. Calling up the taxon page (with no filters aded) shows zero observations under the ‘LAST OBSERVATION’ and ‘TOTAL OBSERVATIONS’ headers. Is this expected behaviour?
As part of my workflow cleaning up ungrafted taxon, I first look up whether the taxon already exists within iNat. If it does, and the new ungrafted taxon has zero observations, I usually just edit the taxon page to invalidate the taxon. If there are observations, I merge the taxon into the correct existing one.
If the taxon is not in iNat already, I use POWO to determine, if posible, what the current name of the taxon should be. If the taxon is invalid and there are no observations, I again usually just invalidate the taxon, rather than carry out a taxon merge. Usually invalid records are invalid in a number of ways (i.e. multiple valid scientific names, etc), and invalidating these seems the most time-efficient way to deal with them.
Because the taxon page shows zero observations when there are in fact one or more casual-grade observations (but none verifiable), I am potentially invalidating taxa that contain observations (casual only), since I cannot see those obs from the taxon page.
Is there a better way of doing this?