What do I do if the observation has multiple photos depicting different species?

Modified on Mon, 04 Mar 2024 at 07:52 AM

In an observation with multiple photos or sounds, the species that is the subject of the observation should be depicted across all of the photos and sounds. If you come across an observation where the subject species is not included in each of the photos and sounds, it's best to vote “No” to the “Evidence related to a single subject” Data Quality Assessment (DQA) condition and make a comment politely asking the user to split the photos into separate observations for each species. You can also add a disagreeing identification at the ancestor shared by all the species. 

If the observer does split or remove the unrelated photos, please remove your “No” vote and withdraw any disagreeing ancestor identifications.

Please only vote “No” to the “Evidence related to a single subject” Data Quality Assessment condition if there are multiple photos or sounds not related to the same species (e.g. the first photo is a frog and the second photo is a flower). This usually happens when people new to the platform don’t realize that they are adding multiple photos to the same observation rather than creating separate observations.

Please do not vote “No” to the “Evidence related to a single subject” DQA condition in these scenarios:

  • When there are multiple species in a photo and it’s unclear what the subject is (e.g. a single photo with both a duck and a pigeon in it). A photo with a duck and pigeon and a second photo of just the duck is fine assuming the subject is the duck.
  • When there are photos related to the subject that don’t show the subject (e.g. a picture of a bat sonogram, or a picture of the habitat the subject is in, or a picture of a drawing of the subject).
  • When there are different individuals of the same species in separate photos (e.g. photo 1 shows a female adult lion and photo 2 shows an adult male lion and photo 3 shows a lion cub). 
  • When there are different photos of the same individual at different points in their life history (e.g. photo 1 is an egg, photo 2 is a caterpillar, and photo 3 is an adult butterfly). 

These last three situations are not encouraged on iNaturalist, but please do not use the “Evidence related to a single subject” DQA condition to flag them.

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