I try to keep up with name changes, whether common or scientific, when it comes to birds and the great people at the ABA help tremendously with that by sending out emails with proposed changes and the changes that have been approved. But I haven’t been able to find a single web site where it makes it easy to know when a species of mammals has been reclassified or renamed. I wish there were one.
Just recently I was working up a few Uinta Ground Squirrel images and had gone on line to search for more information about them and Wikipedia has their scientific name listed as Urocitellus armatus and I knew they used to be Spermophilus armatus.
So then I searched Richardson’s Ground Squirrels because I also have photographs of them and Wikipedia now has their scientific name listed as Urocitellus richardsonii and they used to be Spermophilus richardsonii.
I don’t know when the scientific names for ground squirrels changed even though I tried to find that information on line.
I looked on line at the web site of the Natural History Museum of Utah and they have the genus of ground squirrels listed as Urocitellus instead of Spermophilus.
And by doing more research I found out that Uinta and Richardson’s Ground Squirrels and the rest of the ground squirrels in North America have been changed to Urocitellus.
Because I do photograph wildlife when I have the opportunity I guess I need to check for name changes and reclassifications in the Kingdom Animalia too.
Life is good.