A species should be marked as present/absent or native/introduced in a certain place. How does this get fixed?

Modified on Mon, 04 Dec 2023 at 03:39 PM

If you notice something wrong or missing with the nativity or presence status for a species in a certain place, you can flag the species for curation or fix the status on your own. To flag for curation, navigate to the taxon page and click "Curation," then "Flag for curation" on the right side of the page. Leave a short message explaining what needs to be done and an iNaturalist Curator will look into the issue. To fix an issue yourself, follow the instructions below.


To change an existing listing, go to the taxon page:

  • Click the "Status" tab
  • Under "Establishment Means", click "View" next to the place
  • Click the edit button next to "Establishment Means", make your changes, and provide a source in the notes, especially if changing an existing status or if it may be a controversial change
  • Click Save

 To add a new listing, in the main header search:

  • Search for the place of interest in the main header search, e.g. the state, country, or other place, then click "About"
  • Lefthand side (scroll down)>View check list page
  • Search for taxon where it says "Type taxon name"
  • If not on list, "Add to list" and add taxon to list
  • Once on list, click "Edit" next to the taxon
  • Click the edit button next to "Establishment Means", make your changes, and click Save

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