Can I identify multiple taxa per observation? What if my photo has a flower and a cool bug?

Modified on Mon, 05 Feb 2024 at 03:41 PM

No—iNat observations record encounters with one taxon at one place and time. If you want to make a record of an additional species in the same photo, just add a new observation with the same photo. In each observation, add an identification for which organism you want to identify or specify it in the description/notes section. You can even duplicate an observation for this purpose via the iNaturalist website or Android app.


If you see an observation that has two or more photos depicting different organisms in each, it's best to identify at a taxonomic level that includes the species in all photos, and make a comment politely asking the user to separate the photos into different observations. For example, if the first photo is a flower and the second is a bug (without the flower), identify it as "Life". If the user is unresponsive to requests to separate the photos, mark the observation as "Based on the evidence, can the Community ID still be confirmed or improved? No, it's as good as it can be" in the Data Quality Assessment section.

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