I’m a curator but have rarely used my powers because I’m a little intimidated/scared I’ll screw something up. BUT there’s a change in a taxon that I’m interested in and thought I would take the opportunity to ask for advice and expand my skills.
The green anole (Anolis carolinensis) used to have two subspecies, A. c. seminolus and A. c. carolinensis. However, these have long been suspected of being invalid, and genetic research over the past 8 years has confirmed this. The subspecies have been dropped by SSAR and the most recent version of the Reptile Database (iNat’s taxonomy authority for reptiles) has dropped them as well. I’d like to remove these subspecies (since they tend to be confusing for some users) and collapse all observations to just A. carolinensis. What’s the best way to remove these subspecies?
Thanks for any help!