As some of you may have already seen if you clear flags, there have been many instances of Australian orchids from the state of Queensland that have been obscured, despite them having no conservation status (or being assessed as Least Concern).
This seems to be stemming from a Queensland Government list of ‘confidential species’, although little explanation is given of what a ‘confidential species’ is.
I am presuming these are species that the data provider (in this case WildNet database) chooses to obscure, though I haven’t been able to confirm this.
There are a couple things we should probably decide as a group, rather than individual curators working indepentently.
- Does a QLD Government ‘confidential species’ list constitute justification to obscure a taxon when it is otherwise categorised by the same list as ‘Least Concern’ and explicitly of ‘no conservation significance’?
- If not, should the conservation status for QLD be removed if they are ‘Least Concern’ or simply updated to ‘Least Concern’ and unobscured?