For starters, not a botanist.
I collect cacti. I have a lot of them, something like 200 when you exclude seedlings, five or six hundred odd if you include seedlings (I keep one or two seedlings for myself and sell the rest) and very few are of the same species.
While trying to make sure all of them are labelled correctly I've come across Wikispecies. The names there for many cacti are very different from those listed almost anywhere else. For example Echinocactus grusonii (golden barrel cactus) is listed as Kroenleinia grusonii and lists the basis for this name change as the "journal" (I use the term loosely here) called International Cactus Adventures, whose website would not be out of place in the 1990s and appears to be a one man show run by the guy who wrote the paper renaming the species. I don't see anything suggesting peer review is used for this either though a lot of the website is in Spanish and I can't read it so who knows.
I can't find the paper on Google Scholar so I have no idea how well received the paper was. That said, I haven't seen it (the journal is not one I can access through my university despite the uni having a large biology department) so it may actually be very good. But at the same time it seems really dodgy to me that this is all it takes to get a species name changed.
Looking at the Wikispecies page, it does link to several authorities who have adopted the name, but I'm not sure how authoritative they are.
A search through my uni's journal search system only returned a single paper on K grusonii (Splitting Echinocactus: morphological and molecular evidence support the recognition of Homalocephala as a distinct genus in the Cacteae. Vargas-Luna et al, 2016) who concluded that the matter is still unresolved.
Of course, this could be some dipshit's pet project on Wikispecies. I've been around the various Wikipedia projects long enough to know some morons will obsess over nonsense for many years, injecting it into everything in a pathetic attempt to never be seen as "wrong". So it could just be that.
Can someone give me the rundown on how it works? I assumed it was consensus based with other researchers accepting the name in their publications.
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