One issue I seem to encounter are observations identified to species of common species groups within which individual species are difficult or impossible to identify at the species level without detailed examination of morphological features beyond what is available in a photograph or visual observation. Perhaps the most common example I see of this in Montana are chipmunk observations where the individual could be one of three species and ID would require detailed habitat information and in-hand examination and perhaps examination of a cleaned skeleton. I try to elevate these to genus and provide a blurb about ID, but given that these species are highly visible and commonly observed, this can be a lot of work. Myotis bats are another group where overconfidence in species identity seems to be a frequent occurrence.
Not sure how best to handle this besides the brute force method. Being able to flag species groups within a geographic area that are unidentifiable or an automated system to give the observer a heads up that they may be over confident would be helpful. Similarly, giving the observer a heads-up that additional information such as habitat may help identify the species could help ameliorate the this problem for some species. I’m guessing that given the nuances of identification that a system to identify and flag these groups would be difficult to implement. I’m curious if anyone has a solution or thoughts on this?