Species with same name as complex prevents creation of complex at the correct location

I think this has been an issue since the rank complex was added to iNat.

When creating a species complex and grafting it to the correct location on the tree, this error is generated when saving the taxon: Name already used as a child of this taxon's parent.


To work around this issue, the complex taxon can be created without grafting (and then move the species of the same name underneath it and then graft it). Or, the species of the same name can be temporarily moved elsewhere or inactivated, and then moved underneath the complex.

Ideally no workarounds would be required.


I experienced this problem, but still can’t figure it out. I created Complex Bombus fervidus (without assigning it a parent taxon). Then I went to Bombus fervidus and selected Complex Bombus fervidus as the parent taxon and clicked the graft button. Nothing happened.

Complex B. fervidus needs to be below subgenus Thoracobombus. B. fervidus and B. californicus are below Complex B. fervidus.

Figured it out. I had to click the save button instead of the graft button.

But does this message mean I should do something?
“Taxon was successfully updated. Heads up: you just added a descendant of a locked taxon (Bombus). Please consider merging this into an existing taxon instead.”

Bombus is a locked genus so that descendant taxa are manually placed in the appropriate subgenus rather than automatically grafted directly to the genus.

Filed bug report here: https://github.com/inaturalist/inaturalist/issues/3150

This was fixed!

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