When I’m using iNat, I try to get as specific as possible when making an ID. However, it’s been brought to my attention that going with the standard Genus specific epithet may not be the most accurate way to make an ID. It doesn’t allow for genetic diversity within the species to be shown. Should IDs focus on getting down the the genus or should they still try to get the specific epithet too?
Personally, I prefer to use group after a genus or specific epithet (i.e. Amanita muscaria group because there’re multiple subspecies which are challenging to differentiate or Datura group because of the visual similarities within the genus). That being said, this made me thing about how iNat works and I began to wonder if it’s the best way to make an ID without genetic testing.