Well here's a mess--and it could be an enormous one of this is not an isolated glitch! In the real world, between zero and two species of Mespilus are recognized. But COL, according to EOL, recognizes HUNDREDS of Mespilus species. In fact, if one goes to COL, it turns out these are listed as SYNONYMS, not valid names: http://www.catalogueoflife.org/col/search/scientific/genus/Mespilus/match/1 So, how many names recognized as SYNONYMS by our classification providers is EOL presenting as valid names? Katja can check my quick assessment of this problem, but assuming I'm not missing some key point, this seems like a high priority issue to investigate. ––Katja: It looks like CoL had all these Mespilus species as provisionally accepted names in the 2013 checklist, which is what we have at the moment. But they have cleaned up this genus in the most recent version of their dynamic checklist. Unfortunately, we probably won't get these new data until some time next year when we update to the 2014 checklist. Unless the problem is more widespread, I'd say we'll leave it alone for now. If you notice more such discrepancies in CoL data, we may want to request an emergency update for this resource. But I know it's a lot work to harvest CoL, so I would want to do it only if we really need to.