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October 03, 2017

QUESTION re nudibranch family-level updates: Superfamily Fionidae and above

More changes, and a question down at the bottom! @kueda

As per an email from @bernardpicton today, I've spent the morning (hopefully updating iNat correctly) to reflect the latest updates on WoRMS, which are based on this paper he co-authored:

Korshunova, T.; Martynov, A.; Picton, B. (2017). Ontogeny as an important part of integrative taxonomy in tergipedid aeolidaceans (Gastropoda: Nudibranchia) with a description of a new genus and species from the Barents Sea. Zootaxa. 4324(1): 1., available online at https://doi.org/10.11646/zootaxa.4324.1.1

Among other things, this update "unmerges" @jpsilva 's Taxonomic Merge 18846, which he only recently committed on 2016-12-27. In other words, this reinstates the following families under superfamily Fionoidea:

  • Tergipedidae
  • Eubrachidae
  • Calmidae
  • Fionidae
    And there are other changes as well, which hopefully I've reproduced correctly on iNat. Please tell me if I haven't!

HOWEVER!, my question for you experts is this (and please bear in mind that I am not a taxonomist, merely a volunteer!): On iNat, there is a hodge-podge of families, superfamilies and one infraorder under the Order Nudibranchia. However, on WoRMS, the structure has suborder, infraorder, and parvorder before getting down to Superfamily Fionoidea: (http://www.marinespecies.org/aphia.php?p=taxdetails&id=412646). Unfortunately iNat doesn't seen to have parvorder, so I'm stumped as to how I should connect, since we follow WoRMS, without botching things terribly. I'm willing to spend the time to update and reorganize things, but uncertain how to proceed in this case. Thanks @bernardpicton @kueda @jpsilva (and anyone else willing to chip in!) for whatever you can suggest!
  • Robin

Posted on October 03, 2017 18:52 by anudibranchmom anudibranchmom | 11 comments | Leave a comment