OK, I tried this again, and if it’s a feature and not a bug, it’s a feature that doesn’t make sense to me at all. I don’t understand why it’s showing an organism in Aves at all since Aves, Mammalia, and Actinopterygii each have their own categories in iNat. And the other groups that are showing up are not even at equivalent ranks in the display. When I clicked on my life list and then “other animal,” I get a different bird showing up as the representative of Vertebrata and identified as a member of Vertebrata, even though this individual has been identified to the species level and is research grade, but then I also get two different jellies showing up at the genus level (not at the level of phylum Cnidaria), a planarian that’s research grade at the species level showing up at the family level but not as the only member of Platyhelminthes I’ve seen, a sea star showing up at the species level (not as a member of the phylum Echinodermata), three different genera of millipedes showing up at the genus level (not at the level of the phylum Arthropoda or even at the level of subphylum Myriapoda), two isopods, one at the genus level and one at the species level (but not in Arthropoda), a crab at the genus level (again, not in Arthropoda), a centipede at the species level (again, not in Arthropoda), and springtails showing up at the genus level, again not as Arthropoda.
I know that taxonomic ranks are not directly translatable from taxon to taxon, but this presentation that shows observations as representatives of taxa at different ranks seems bizarrely inconsistent, especially when the observations in question are almost all at the species level and research grade.