I’m unaware of any guidelines on this, if they exist, can you please point them out to me.
It seems to be a not infrequent issue coming up on flags and taxa management regarding cases where a user believes a species latin name violates nomenclature rules.
There seem to be 2 different approaches that get taken:
- if the presumed error is the one used at reference sources, especially in cases where the family has a defined reference, that the error be the name used on the site, so to ensure links, feeds etc work
- that an error is an error, and must be corrected, and therefore change the name to and use what the nomenclature rules say should apply.
Is there any direction from the admins on what the approach that should be used is, and can then this be added to the curators guide ?
Yes I know that the nomenclature rules are horribly complex, and that the old rule about if you ask for how they are applied and lock 5 nomenclature experts in a room for 2 days they will emerge with 8 different answers. But some general guidelines would be helpful.