Species Complexes in Asilidae

I'm considering adding a few species complexes to the iNat taxonomy for Asilidae, particularly for North American Laphria and Efferia. Is this something that people would find useful? Does anyone have reservations about unranked taxa?

Which complexes would you like to see added?

iNat guidelines for complexes:
https://www.inaturalist.org/pages/curator+guide#complexes

Some discussions about species complexes for reference:
https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/346662
https://www.inaturalist.org/flags/331324
https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/how-are-species-complexes-treated/404

Three complexes added so far:
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/894751-Laphria-canis
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/894742-Laphria-sericea
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/894746-Laphria-index

To find a complex, search for the species name included in the respective link above, and the complex will be one of the two choices.

Posted by myelaphus myelaphus, May 24, 2019 21:16

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Very useful, instead of Laphria sp. we can narrow it down to more useful ID's. e.g. Laphria aktis/sericea and L. canis/sicula/winnemana..

Posted by pbedell 4 months ago (Flag)
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Go for it, I think it is a good idea.

Posted by gcsnelling 4 months ago (Flag)
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I think it's a good idea too, for photos not backed up by specimens. Another Laphria would be L index/ithypyga.

Posted by giffbeaton 4 months ago (Flag)
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Okay, I've made three new complexes:
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/894751-Laphria-canis
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/894742-Laphria-sericea
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/894746-Laphria-index

The naming is a bit awkward, but I don't think there's much I can do about that.

EDIT: I've fixed the names

Posted by myelaphus 4 months ago (Flag)
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Looks good, how about just removing the first word "complex", having it repeat like that really does not roll off the tongue well.

Posted by gcsnelling 4 months ago (Flag)
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That's what I meant by awkward. The "Complex" prefix is added by iNat, and I have no control over it.

The issue is that, for example, iNat treats "Laphria canis" as an existing name, so I can't use that name for the complex (e.g. Complex Laphria canis).

Posted by myelaphus 4 months ago (Flag)
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Are you sure? I was able to create this: https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/894751-Laphria-canis

Posted by bouteloua 4 months ago (Flag)
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Well that is just plain silly. Good job though.

Posted by gcsnelling 4 months ago (Flag)
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Weird - maybe I was doing it wrong.

Posted by myelaphus 4 months ago (Flag)
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Now someone needs to do this for mushrooms.

Posted by gcsnelling 4 months ago (Flag)
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Ok, I think I fixed the names

Posted by myelaphus 4 months ago (Flag)
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Looks good

Posted by gcsnelling 4 months ago (Flag)
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Diogmites angustipennis / bilobatus / texanus would be another good one.

Posted by stevecollins 3 months ago (Flag)
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I was thinking the same thing. I'll make a new complex for that group in the near future.

Posted by myelaphus 3 months ago (Flag)

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