As a curator of locked taxa, it’s not uncommon for me to run into this scenario:
- someone types in a scientific name, but doesn’t find it in our taxonomy
- they search external name providers and get a hit
- the taxon comes in ungrafted
- but we already have a senior synonym in the system
Now I have to let them know this isn’t our accepted name (but they can flag for further discussion), plus curate the ungrafted taxon into the synonym.
I’m wondering if we might be able to prevent scenarios like this one by asking the external name providers for the ancestors of the taxon to be imported. If any of our locked taxa (mammals, birds, etc.) are ancestors, do not allow the import.
Does this seem like a reasonable solution or am I missing something obvious?