The recent Clements checklist has resulted in some changes in bird taxonomy on iNat, and that made me wonder how the CV responds to such changes. For example, does it automatically adjust by ignoring records of a taxon that was previously included in another but is now separated?
As an example, New Zealand robins were previously all included in one species with three subspecies: Petroica a. australis, P. a. longipes, and P. a. rakiura. (I may be wrong, but I assume records of all three, being of the same species, would have been used to inform the CV when it suggested species P. australis.)
In the latest Clements, P. a. longipes has been raised to species level and is now P. longipes. Will the CV now include or ignore previous/existing records of P. australis when suggesting P. longipes? Will the CV now include or ignore previous records of P. (australis) longipes when suggesting P. australis?
I appreciate that subspecific differences are very often subtle and may normally be beyond the ability (or design) of the CV, but I was curious to know whether the CV is actually designed to adapt to changes like this. It could be a more significant issue when changes are at higher taxonomic levels.