MapMate Alerts!  Issue 102


This is to let you know that the following new patches are now available.  Included is an important correction to Patch 452 issued recently, a major revision to the Coleoptera and a Stace 2010 revision to the Vascular Plants.  After running any patches we'd suggest you always do a View > My Configuration, check your preferences, and then at the last step tick option to 'Optimize my checklist' then click OK.

Training Videos:   See these at Training Videos.  The training videos are commissioned by the BSBI with kind support from Scottish Natural Heritage.  Many topics are covered for beginners to advanced use.  More have been added recently so do check these out.
Important:  Please note that if you are running MapMate on Vista or Windows 7 you now need to right-click and save the patches, then open MapMate and click Replication in the toolbar.  You can save a number of patches and then run them all at once.  The 'old' method of just clicking the patch links in the web page will no longer work properly with security changes in Windows (these may seem to work but do not make any changes to your database).  You should always run the Replicator from MapMate (by clicking Replication in the toolbar) and not directly.  See 'How to obtain patches' box below for full details of the method if not familiar.  


New Patches  

The following new patches are now available.  For details of how to obtain patches see bottom of this box.

  • 452 - Corrections to patch 450 - for All Users
    Epinotia cinereana, Harpella forficella and Lacosoma chiridota were given the wrong reference.  E. cinereana is a good species (was in as a synonym).  Corrects some confusion introduced with Rutpela maculata, Leptura maculata and Strangalia maculata. Revises filter for Insecta: Hemiptera: Auchenorryncha to include the new family Aphrophoridae.    
  • 453 - Coleoptera - a major update
    This update is to bring the checklist inline with Andrew Duff's Checklist of Beetles of the British Isles (2nd Ed. August 2012, Published by Pemberley Books).  With kind permission and with special thanks to Mark G. Telfer for preparation of the changes for MapMate.
    Please note: This update introduces 5 splits to the species dictionary. Existing records of Suphrodytes dorsalis will now appear as Suphrodytes dorsalis/figuratus. If and when you identify your records as either S. dorsalis or S. figuratus, you will need to manually reassign the records. Similarly, Mycetoporus clavicornis records become Mycetoporus ambiguus/clavicornis/reichei; Anotylus complanatus records become Anotylus complanatus/hammondi; Leiopus nebulosus records become Leiopus linnei/nebulosus; and Aphthona nigriceps records become Aphthona nigriceps/pallida.  
  • 454 - Vascular Plants
    This patch includes changes in Stace edition 3 that have not already been incorporated into MapMate (changes to Orchidaceae were incorporated in patch 423, additional taxa in patch 447 and a few taxa already followed the new nomenclature).

    Specific areas of difficulty or potential confusion are detailed below.  It is recommended that these be read carefully before running the patch.  In particular, Arenaria serpyllifolia, Asparagus officinalis, Elytrigia repens, and Hedera helix should be considered because subspecies have been raised to species, and in Pastinaca sativa varieties have been raised to subspecies.

    1. Arenaria serpyllifolia/leptoclados

    Arenaria serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia and A.serpyllifolia subsp. leptoclados are raised to species.  With A. serpyllifolia, A. serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia and A. serpyllifolia subsp. lloydii already present, only A. subsp. leptoclados is changed (to A. leptoclados) and A. serpyllifolia sens. lat. becomes A. serpyllifolia agg.

    Because A. serpyllifolia has been available in MapMate for some time (concurrently with A. serpyllifolia subsp. serpyllifolia and A. serpyllifolia sens. lat.) existing records for A. serpyllifolia should be checked in case sens. lat. was intended at the time they were entered.

    2. Asparagus officinalis/prostrata

    Asparagus officinalis subsp. officinalis and A. officinalis subsp. prostratus are raised to species.

    A. officinalis (with no subspecies specified) is raised to A. officinalis agg.

    A. prostratus is absent from most areas so it is possible that subspecies officinalis will not have been specified in all cases. Records should be checked and reassigned to A. officinalis if appropriate.

    3. Asplenium ceterach

    As there is presently no suitable varietal name for Ceterach officinarum var. crenatum under Asplenium. A. ceterach 'crenatum' has been used in the interim to distinguish the taxon.

    4. Betonica officinalis

    As there is presently no suitable varietal name for Stachys officinalis var. nana under Betonica, Betonica officinalis 'nana' has been used to distinguish the taxon.

    5. Callitriche brutia/hamulata

    Callitriche brutia and C. hamulata are now subspecies of C. brutia. Note the taxon previously known as C. hamulata sens. lat. is now named C. brutia sens. lat.

    6. Carex demissa/lepidocarpa/oederi

    Carex viridula subspecies are raised to species.

    Note that Carex viridula without the the subspecies specified is now named Carex demissa agg. (in MapMate)

    7. Cerastium nigrescens

    It is now accepted that true Cerastium arcticum does not occur in the British Isles. C. nigrescens takes the English name Arctic Mouse-ear with the exception of C. nigrescens var. nigrescens, the Unst endemic, which retains the name Shetland Mouse-ear.  The Cairngorms taxon that may have been known as C. arcticum var. arcticum currently has no suitable varietal name under C. nigrescens and is retained as C. nigrescens 'arcticum'.

    8. Cotoneaster rotundifolius

    Warning: Cotoneaster nitidus is now known as C. rotundifolius but retains the English name Distichous Cotoneaster and the taxon previously known as C. rotundifolius is now C. uva-ursi but still has the English name Round-leaved Cotoneaster.

    9. Dahlia x hortensis

    Existing records for Dahlia pinnata have been assigned to Dahlia x hortensis (see Stace)

    10. Dryopteris affinis group

    Dryopteris affinis, D. borreri, D. cambrica are all raised to species level.

    Existing records for D. affinis without the subspecies specified are assigned to D. affinis agg.

    Existing records for D. x complexa without the nosthosubpecies specified are assigned to D. complexa agg. Note that D. x complexa nothosubsp. contorta is now named D. x convoluta

    11. Elytrigia repens

    Elytrigia repens subsp. arenosa becomes E. campestris subsp. maritima and receives the English name Neglected Couch. Elytrigia repens without subsp. repens specified becomes E. repens agg.

    E. campestris is absent from many areas, so it is possible that subspecies repens may not have been specified in all cases. Records should be checked (and re-assigned to E. repens if appropriate).

    12. Euphrasia officinalis

    Euphrasia rostkoviana and E. anglica are now treated as subspecies of Euphrasia officinalis.

    It is no longer appropriate to use E. officinalis agg. and this is renamed Euphrasia agg.

    E. anglica becomes E. officinalis subsp. anglica. (English Eyebright)

    E. rostkoviana subsp. rostkoviana becomes E. officinalis subsp. pratensis. (Rostkov's Eyebright)

    E. rostkoviana subsp. montana becomes E. officinalis subsp. monticola. (Montane Eyebright)

    Where there are records for E. rostkoviana without the subspecies specified, these are assigned to E. officinalis. Where records of E. rostkoviana x anglica exist, these are retained as a taxon named "Euphrasia officinalis (intermediate between subspp.)"

    13. Ficaria verna

    Note that the type subspecies Ficaria verna subsp. verna is the bulbiliferous form.

    14. Galium album

    Records for G. mollugo without the subspecies specified become G. album. There are no current equivalent taxa for G. mollugo subsp. mollugo and G. mollugo subsp. erectum within G. album. These are retained as synonyms and referred to G. album. They will therefore be mapped with G. album, but will be listed separately in standard reports.

    15. Hedera helix & H. hibernica

    Heder helix subsp. helix and H. helix subsp. hibernica are raised to species.

    Records for H. helix without the subspecies specified are assigned to H. helix agg.

    16. Juncus tenuis and J. dudleyi

    Juncus tenuis var. dudleyi is raised to species level.

    Records for J. tenuis without the var. specified remain as J. tenuis.

    J. tenuis var. tenuis is now redundant records are retained as synonyms and referred to J. tenuis

    17. Ornithogalum umbellatum

    Ornithogalum angustifolium becomes O. umbellatum subsp. campestre and O. umbellatum becomes O. umbellatum subsp. umbellatum.

    O. umbellatum sens. lat. has been added to handle future indeterminate records.

    18. Pastinaca sativa

    Pastinaca sativa subsp. sativa varieties have been raised to subspecies rank. P.sativa subsp sativa var. sativa was  the Wild Parsnip in Stace ed.2 and MapMate prior to this patch. Note that the type subspecies P. sativa subsp. sativa is now the Cultivated Parsnip (var. hortensis as was) and P sativa subsp. sylvestris is the Wild Parsnip. If var. sylvestris wasn't systematically used for the wild parsnip, records should be checked and assigned to P. sativa subsp. sylvestris if appropriate.

    Changes are listed below:

    Before this patch

    After this patch

    P. sativa

    Redundant: referred to P. sativa sens. lat.

    P. sativa subsp. sativa

    P. sativa sens. lat.

    P. sativa subsp. sativa var. hortensis

    P. sativa subsp. sativa

    P. sativa subsp. sativa var. sylvestris

    P. sativa subsp. sylvestris

    P. sativa subsp. urens

    Introduced in patch 447. Unchanged

    19. Rhododendron groenlandicum

    Ledum palustre subsp. groenlandicum is raised to species level as Rhododendron groenlandicum

    There was a taxon available in MapMate for Ledum palustre (no subspecies specified) as well as L. palustre subsp. groenlandicum. Records for the former are retained as synonyms and referred to  R. groenlandicum. There was no taxon for L. palustre subsp. palustre and Rhododendron tomentosum has not been added.

    20. Salix x fragilis

    Following the second printing of Stace ed.3, the taxonomy for Salix fragilis has been brought up to date (see BSBI News 120 p.37). There are no equivalents for S. fragilis vars. furcata and russelliana. These taxa are retained as S. xfragilis 'furcata' and S. x fragilis 'russelliana' and are referred to Salix x fragilis sens. lat.  Changes are as follows:

    Before this patch

    After this patch

    Salix x rubens

    Salix x fragilis

    Salix x rubens nothovar. rubens

    Salix x fragilis nothovar. fragilis

    Salix x rubens nothovar. basfordiana

    Salix x fragilis nothovar. basfordiana

    Salix x rubens nothovar. basfordiana f. basfordiana

    Salix x fragilis nothovar. basfordiana f. basfordiana

    Salix x rubens nothovar. basfordiana f. sanguinea

    Salix x fragilis nothovar. basfordiana f. sanguinea

    Salix fragilis

    Salix x fragilis sens. lat.

    Salix fragilis var. decipiens

    Salix euxina

    Salix fragilis var. fragilis

    Salix x fragilis 'fragilis' [=Salix x fragilis sens. lat.]

    Salix fragilis var. furcata

    Salix x fragilis 'furcata' [=Salix x fragilis sens. lat.]

    Salix fragilis var. russelliana

    Salix x fragilis 'russelliana' [=Salix x fragilis sens. lat.]

    21. Salix x holosericea & S. x smithiana

    Unfortunately this change could give rise to some confusion!

    Salix viminalis x cinerea (S. x smithiana auct. non Willd.) becomes S. x holosericea Willd.

    S. viminalis x caprea (S. x sericans Tausch ex A. Kern.) becomes S. x smithiana Willd.

    22. Trichophorum cespitosum/germanicum

    The subspecies of Trichophorum cespitosum are raised to specific rank.  The commoner of the two is T. germanicum.  There is no problem where the subspecies is specified but note that T. cespitosum without the subspecies specified becomes T. germanicum agg.

    23. Tripleurospermum maritimum subsp. maritimum

    Tripleurospermum maritimum subsp. maritimum var. salinum now has subspecific rank as T. maritimum subsp. vinicaule. T. maritimum subsp. maritimum var. maritimum is now redundant and is referred to T. maritimum subsp. maritimum.

    --end of notes on Patch 454--
    More patches to come soon.

Please note: After running any of these patches we suggest you do a View > 'My Configuration' and choose to re-optimize your checklist at the last step.  Check for any not-required options.  To keep your MapMate fully up to date you should always run required patches - even if they don't cover your particular interests.

How to obtain Patches:
Simply log-on at MapMate UserZone and right-click the appropriate numbered patch link and then:

  • On Internet Explorer:
    choose to 'save target as', save to your Documents/My MapMate/Data/Cache/Download/ folder*
  • On Firefox:
    choose to 'save link as', save to your Documents/My MapMate/Data/Cache/Download/ folder*
  • On Google Chrome:
    choose to 'save link as', save to your Documents/My MapMate/Data/Cache/Download/ folder*

 * Note if you are using the old MapMate data model (not in My MapMate) you will need to save your patch files to Program Files/MapMate/Cache/Download/. If in doubt, try the location above first. If you don't have that folder then try Program Files/MapMate/.

Once you have downloaded your patch(es), open MapMate, click Replication in tool-bar and then click the Synchronise button.

Tip: After running a patch (if you stay online) click the 'Refresh' button in your web browser and see that the patch is now 'Verified'.  This means that MapMate has confirmed, with your UserZone account, that this patch was successfully installed.

Tip: If you are unsure of your general patching state do the following: Open MapMate and click Replication in the toolbar. Choose Sync > Get Sync File > From Web.  This will re-confirm all of your patches and the next time you logon to UserZone (or Refresh the page in your browser if still open) it will reflect your patched state.


Issue 102     23 November 2012

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