Issue 18779

Varanus indicus is a mess

Reporter: rdmpage
Type: Feedback
Summary: Varanus indicus is a mess
Priority: Major
Status: Open
Created: 2016-10-13 18:45:20.528
Updated: 2017-04-28 09:44:31.018
Description: The monitor _Varanus indicus_ is a mess, probably a consequence of how the Catalogue of Life treats it. A search for _Varanus indicus_ doesn't return the original name but multiple hits with different authors

Some of these names don't exist, such as "Varanus indicus Mertens, 1941" In this case, the name should be _Varanus indicus spinulosus_ Mertens, 1941, now regarded as a full species. The name _Varanus indicus_ is itself problematic, see and , but GBIF should return sensible results for this well-known name.]]>

Created: 2016-10-13 21:24:04.978
Updated: 2016-10-13 21:24:04.978
Indeed sth weird going on in CoL. The source record has tha bad information:

But if you look at todays CoL website it is correct as a subspecies: