I know I’m not a curator but I’m following up on Scott Loarie’s suggestion to bring this up in the forum and it should be best presented among those that actually curate.
We discussed briefly the taxon and curating issues in regards to hybrids. There seems to be no set rules in determining how a taxon hybrid should be named. Here’s to name a few examples:
Ignore the fact that these are all birds, these problems are happening elsewhere. But what’s similar with all of these taxon? They are not… in sync. The first one has the genus followed by species one × species two. While the second one, same genus, has the genus before each species’ name. The third link differs by not being in alphabetical order like the other two but is in taxonomic order. Link four has the “×” followed by a mashed up name of the two genera. Five shows the two species from the two genera. Six shows two species from the same two genera in link five, but genus two is not capitalized. So the point is, everything here is messed up and we should fix these problems. Here’s why I suggest…
Rules or guidelines when creating or curating a hybrid taxon. I would recommend.
- For a hybrid within the genus, the genus should only be mentioned once, like unto…
Genus Species 1 × Species 2
- For a hybrid with two genera, both genera must be mentioned and capitalized, like this…
Genus 1 *Species 1 × * Genus 2 Species 2
- Sequence of the species in the hybrid should go in taxonomic order, not alphabetical order. This is because that is the scientific name and thinking that the two species’ names are interchangeable is to my eyes as bad as misspelling the scientific name.
Larus occidentalis × glaucescens – Western × Glaucous-winged Gull
Mareca americana × Anas acuta – American Wigeon × Northern Pintail
or an unaltered one taxonomically
Buteo jamaicensis × regalis – Red-tailed Hawk × Ferruginous Hawk
So those three rules pretty much cover any taxonomic issues you might encounter while curating a hybrid taxon. I’m open to more suggestions, comments or concerns. I just want to know if this is a yea or nay situation. Thanks for your time.