TAXON_MISAPPLIED - AtlasOfLivingAustralia/ala-dataquality Wiki


A specimen occurrence published with that name has subsequently been recognised as having the name misapplied. The name used has never been an accepted name.

This happens if the occurrence is associated with a specimen examined at a later point and found to not be the taxon identified.

In addition, the name may be misapplied through incorrect spelling of the correct identification.

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Implications and caveats

Severity: Warning

This can happen when an area is first being investigated and occurrence records are identified as belonging to what is already known. Later, people realise:

  1. the identification is wrong and
  2. there's no obvious way of deciding what it was.

Incorrect identification of the taxon associated with this occurrence record may result in incorrect search results for both the misapplied taxon and the correct one.

Data custodian recommendations

Review scientific name for occurrence record and, if possible, revise.

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