I’ve noticed a lot of flags recently about single subspecies and varieties. Technically, we’re not suposed to have ssp and var (e.g. Tragelaphus strepsiceros ssp. strepsiceros) that are only children below species (e.g. Tragelaphus strepsiceros). We should either add some other ssp/var (e.g. Tragelaphus strepsiceros ssp. cottoni) or remove the single child if the species is monotypic.
Unfortunately, there’s no easy way to keep these single ssp/var situations from getting introduced into the database as preventing them would be complicated to enforce.
I did go ahead and resolve cases where we have single non-nominates (e.g. Tragelaphus strepsiceros ssp. cottoni) by adding a corresponding nominate (e.g. Tragelaphus strepsiceros ssp. strepsiceros).
But we have nearly 1 thousand cases of ‘single nominates’ (e.g. Tragelaphus strepsiceros ssp. strepsiceros with no corresponding Tragelaphus strepsiceros ssp. cottoni). These can’t really be automatically resolved as someone needs to figure out what a sibling non-nominate would be and add it or swap the nominate into the parent if the parent is indeed monotypic.
In case any curators are looking for more mind-numbing curation tasks during the lockdown, I’ve take the liberty of providing links to these single nominates here. If you fix any please ad a ‘yes’ to the ‘resolved’ column so people know that they’ve already been sorted - and many thanks