Unresolved synonyms

Why are some synonyms listed as “Alternative Names” of the accepted name, while others are listed as their own pages, but labelled as “Unresolved name”?

For example, within the genus Zygoballus:

  • Zygoballus bettini is correctly listed as an “Alternative Names” of Zygoballus rufipes and doesn’t have its own page.
  • Zygoballus citri is listed as an “Unresolved name”, but should be a synonym of Rhene citri
  • Zygoballus narmadaensis is listed as an “Unresolved name”, but should be a synonym of Bianor narmadaensis
  • Zygoballus pashanensis is listed as an “Unresolved name”, but should be a synonym of Bianor pashanensis

We treat names as unresolved whenever we are not sure if they should be preferred names (accepted/valid) or alternative names (synonyms, misspellings, etc.) As our names infrastructure matures and we incorporate more synonym mappings, there will be fewer unresolved names as more names are recognized as preferred or alternative names.

Is there any way that I can help with that? For spiders, the World Spider Catalog (https://wsc.nmbe.ch/) is the most authoritative and up-to-date source for accepted names (in case that helps).

We are getting the World Spider Catalog data through Catalogue of Life, and it looks like they are getting updated regularly. So any updates made there will eventually get to us. It just takes a little time.