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I don’t know anything about the self-updating, but you can upload a taxon tree structure of your choosing when you initialize your collection, and whatever other corresponding data you wish to include. When I moved to Specify, I was only switching platforms, so I used the taxon tree from my former database. There is also a ready-to-go taxon tree you can use when you set up the database, but I don’t know if it includes AphiaID (or the related WoRMS LSID).

Also know that Specify forces you to have a complete taxon tree for all the major ranks (KPCOFGS) – so with mollusks you’re going to have to make some dummy taxa for ranks where there’s no agreement on placement (e.g., in WoRMS, Family Patellidae has no Order, but Specify will force you to put in an ordinal name).