I have noticed a species is being flagged as introduced in one of its native areas. Who do I contact to report incorrect information for correction? It is the Cane Toad, Bufo marinus, being erroneously reported as introduced in Trinidad and Tobago. Thanks
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see https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/establishment-means-corrections/1780/3. this may be useful as well: https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/how-can-you-get-the-full-list-of-establishment-means-for-a-taxon/15435/22.
Thanks. So I’ve now edited the Establishment Means for the species in the Trinidad and Tobago checklist to read “Native”. Is that all I need to do?
i think so. i didn’t see any other establishment records for places that looked like child places or were otherwise related: https://jumear.github.io/stirfry/iNat_taxon_est_means.html?taxon_id=553515.
I expect the issue is the species being tagged as introduced in the “Lesser Antilles”, which Trinidad and Tobago may be included in by some definitions. The observations from T&T are labelled as “Introduced in the Lesser Antilles” eg https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/195002045
It is also tagged as introduced in North America, which is not correct as it is said to be native all the way up to Southern Texas. I don’t really want to go messing with large regional attributions myself though, I’d rather an expert on the species did so.
I’m confident enough to edit the Lesser Antilles Establishment Means to unknown now though, and that appears to have corrected the tags for Trinidad and Tobago now.
You can create a flag on the Cane Toad (via https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/553515-Rhinella-marina) and tag people to discuss - this is a good general solution if there are cases where extensive/large scale alterations to range (or other statuses) should be considered.
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