In an attempt to bring the Orthoptera flags done to a reasonable level, I encountered this peculiar situation. Several members of the genus Malgasia are on iNat but not on Orthoptera Species Files, the taxonomic source for iNat. I did a quick google search and all of the species flagged in this genus showed up on National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) and these species on based on mtDNA testing. However, they do not say anything else about the species, including who was the describer and when. I cannot find any other source that uses these names.
My guess is, under proper nomencultural rules, these organisms are using “illegal” names. I have no doubt these species exist but you can’t just slap a scientific name to it and call it good, that’s just poor science. Getting to the point, if these names were in OSF, I think they’d be call nomen dubium. From a curating standpoint, how should we treat these names? Do we just inactive them? To add to our problems, three species were officially described in the 21st century so any of these doubtful names might actually be one of those new species.