I made some observations of Cytauxzoon felis, which was not a species that was available. I labeled them as simply protozoa, with the species in the comments. Is there a way to flag this to be made, or do I just hope that a curator sees it and creates one?
yes, go to the taxon page of the closest relative that does exist in iNat, click Curation on the right, then Flag for Curation.
Good to know. I ran across a bunch of snails that aren’t on iNat today when I was updating the check list for my area.
With snails, please just check on MolluscaBase to see if the scientific names are correct and up-to-date before you request that those species be added.
Did you check if the name comes up when you click “Search external name providers” when adding an identification? In most cases when a new species needs to be added to the iNat taxonomy, it can be done automatically without curator help that way.
I was going to say this. I only learnt this recently.
The species is there now so someone has added it: Cytauxzoon felis
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Every time I update the checklist for my area I check every species on the relevant database. Takes some time, but it’s worth doing, especially considering how often species are reassigned.
In most cases when a new species needs to be added to the iNat taxonomy, it can be done automatically without curator help that way.
I find that if finds the species 30-40% of the time on average, but it varies a lot by kingdom and geographic region.
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