A Life Tree to Discover

Platform(s): mobile, website

URLs: https://play.google.com/store/search?q=lifemap&c=apps , https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&view=species

Description of need:
It would be a great improvement in the app and website if you could add a life tree like “LifeMap” app. This way you can discover new species while navigating in the map.

Feature request details:
It would transform the way we search in iNaturalist, with a menu option to choose the Life Tree and start looking there for new species. It should add a search box and below, the map. When click on a species name you can see photos of its different stadiums and if you click on “more information” you can view the page of the registered species.


Love the idea. Also if the user can see their ‘Life List’ in the form of the Tree of Life that would be pretty neat.


Also think this is a cool idea. It wouldn’t require any new data as all the relationships are already stored in iNat’s taxonomy (albiet iNat’s taxonomy does not follow the scientific literature for some major groups such as red algae being a plant and all the issues with protozoans), it would just be a new way of presenting the data. It could also display photos at each node since that data also already exists within iNat.