Stenopelmatus or Jerusalem Crickets had their whole genus revised a couple days ago. OSF, the external authority, hasn’t completed the changes but as of this post, the only thing they haven’t done are the species’ transfers. Here’s the deal:
– Stenopelmatus has been found to be a strictly Mexican/Central American genus.
– Ammopelmatus, a genus that previously had only 2 species will acquire all 16 US/Canada species (still many undescribed). That means we need to figure out how to transfer the 5,500 observations that are currently labelled as Stenopelmatus to Ammopelmatus.
I’ve never done this sort of thing yet but to me, the easiest route is to “split” Stenopelmatus with the output taxa being Stenopelmatus and Ammopelmatus, than atlasing them. All sightings within the ranges will be appropriately reassigned. Regions of overlap will be bumped to subfamily level. Is there an easier way to do this?