[Taxacom] WTaxa ...: small correction

Stephen Thorpe stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz
Thu Jul 28 16:44:03 CDT 2011

a small correction to the particular example I chose: EoL has it both as 
Agathinus tridens (http://www.eol.org/pages/395592) and as Curculio tridens 
(http://www.eol.org/pages/840577). General point still applies ...


From: Stephen Thorpe <stephen_thorpe at yahoo.co.nz>
To: taxacom at mailman.nhm.ku.edu
Sent: Fri, 29 July, 2011 9:16:49 AM
Subject: WTaxa and data harvesting via CoL, EoL, etc.

I have only just begun to unravel a something which has gone VERY wrong in the 
weevil data harvested from WTaxa by CoL, etc. Basically, what CoL, EoL, etc. 
have is largely nonsense. There are thousands of examples, but just one is that 
there is no other record of the belid Agathinus tridens other than as its 
original combination as Curculio tridens in Curculionidae! Again I have to ask 
where is the quality control on (probably automated) harvesting of data from 
source databases like WTaxa? This page (http://www.eol.org/pages/840577) is 
highly misleading and carries no warnings to that effect. It is rubbish that 
this species (as Curculio tridens) is [quote] recognized by MA Alonso-Zarazaga & 
CHC Lyal (authors), M Sánchez-Ruiz (technical editor), Electronic Catalogue of 
Weevil names (Curculionoidea) [unquote]. I really do wish that the "acronyms" 
would stop feeding us "the brown stuff"!


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