Computer vision clean-up (archive)

Help clean up computer vision errors! This list of species is for identifying and getting help with “cleaning up” major computer vision errors by raising awareness to reidentify observations. The more correctly identified observations there are, the more accurate computer vision becomes, as it is periodically “retrained” based on current data. For frequently asked questions about computer vision, see the FAQ.


  1. This post is a wiki. Edit this post directly. Don’t reply to the topic with your species suggestions. The edit button is in the bottom right corner of this post.
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  2. This is a “clean-up” list. Only include species that the community is having difficulty keeping up with, such as those with few people making identifications or generally overlooked groups. As a rough rule of thumb, the species should have at least ~100 observations that are currently misidentified.
    • It’s not for listing everything that’s commonly misidentified by CV.
    • It’s not for species being misidentified for reasons mostly other than computer vision.
    • It is for situations where the community is unable to keep up with the influx of new observations being misidentified.
    • It’s not for species that are already being well handled by the community reidentifying them as they come in.
  3. Use flags or journal posts on iNaturalist, not this topic, to discuss specific taxa, identifications tips, and find others to help reidentify these observations. See the examples that are linked below.
  4. This is not a topic to discuss the way computer vision works or how people use it. If you want to propose a feature request related to CV, ask a question about CV, or start a tangential discussion, be sure to first read the FAQ and search the forum for previous topics on this subject.

Common themes

  • Few or no closely related species included among the other computer vision suggestions
  • Difficult or impossible to identify to species, even by experts, based on typical iNat photos
  • Few identifiers with the expertise to add corrections at rank=species
  • Visually similar to many other species, but happened to accumulate enough observations to be included in the suggestions, while others did not
  • Broad distribution (multiple continents), making it difficult to “patrol the borders
  • Assigned (at some point) an overly broad common name that made it seem like the only organism known by that name:
    • “red velvet mite” for Trombidium holosericeum, “common green lacewing” for Chrysoperla carnea, “tarantula hawk wasps” for Pepsis
  • For plants: large amount of planted (casual grade) observations that remain incorrectly identified
  • Two or more species that are visually similar but have non-overlapping ranges, with each suffering misidentifications outside of range
  • Immensely prolific identifiers blindly accepting identifications far out of known range


  • Non-vascular plants
  • Vascular plants
    • Ageratina havanensis
    • Aleurites moluccanus
    • Aloe vera
    • Aralia spinosa
    • Araucaria heterophylla (see flag)
    • Arundo donax (see flag)
    • Asparagus setacea
    • Carex pedunculata (see flag)
    • Ceanothus cuneatus
    • Cerbera manghas
    • Chaenomeles speciosa
    • Chrysolepis
    • Maintenance mode Circaea lutetiana (see flag)
    • Coreopsis basalis
    • Cytisus scoparius
    • Dudleya virens
    • Dulichium arundinaceum (see flag)
    • Erigeron sumatrensis
    • Erythrina americana
    • Eucalyptus globulus (see flag)
    • Goodyera pubescens
    • Haworthia
    • Helianthus hirsutus (see flag)
    • Hemerocallis fulva (see flag)
    • Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus (see flag)
    • Herniaria glabra
    • Houstonia (see flag)
    • Hypolepis ambigua
    • Hydrocotyle verticillata
    • Hydrolea ovata (see flag)
    • Iberis
    • Ilex opaca
    • Iresine diffusa
    • Iris × germanica (see flag)
    • Jasminum (see flag)
    • Juniperus communis
    • Juniperus scopulorum
    • Juniperus horizontalis
    • Lantana horrida (see flag)
    • Lasthenia
    • Ligustrum japonicum
    • Malus fusca (see flag)
    • Maranta
    • Maytenus boaria (see flag)
    • Melicytus ramiflorus (see flag) in particular, but also other Melicytus
    • Metrosideros perforata (see flag)
    • Maintenance mode Microlaena avenacea (see flag)
    • Morus indica (see flag)
    • Narcissus pseudonarcissus
    • Narcissus tazetta
    • Oncidium sphacelatum
    • Oxalis acetosella
    • Oxalis dillenii
    • Oxalis drummondii
    • Oxalis metcalfei
    • Oxalis montana
    • Oxalis stricta
    • Oxalis violacea
    • Pennisetum clandestinum
    • Phleum pratense (see flag)
    • Picea breweriana
    • Pilea cadierei
    • Pinus ponderosa
    • Pleroma heteromallum
    • Polygonatum multiflorum (see flag)
    • Polypodium virginianum
    • Maintenance mode Potentilla hebiichigo (see flag)
    • Prunus americana
    • Prunus padus (see flag)
    • Rosa chinensis (see flag)
    • Rosa gymnocarpa
    • Rudbeckia fulgida (see flag)
    • Sairocarpus nuttallianus
    • Salix discolor
    • Scaevola
    • Sciadopitys verticillata
    • Solanum douglasii
    • Solivia (see flag)
    • Sonchus kirkii (see flag)
    • Symphyotrichum divaricatum (see flag)
    • Symphyotrichum patens (see flag)
    • Tabebuia rosea (see flag)
    • Taraxacum
    • Thelypteris kunthii
    • Triglochin maritima
    • Zamioculcas zamiifolia


  • Paramecium, incl. Paramecium caudatum
  • Stentor
  • Tintinnidae, incl. Tintinnina


  • Amoeba
  • Brefeldia maxima
  • Lobosa


  • Agaricus campestris (see flag)
  • Amanita magniverrucata
  • Cantharellus lateritius (see flag)
  • Cerrena unicolor
  • Clavariadelphus occidentalis
  • Hortiboletus rubellus
  • Humidicutis mavis
  • Lactarius alnicola (see flag)
  • Lactarius deliciosus (see flag)
  • Lactarius xanthogalactus (see flag)
  • Morchella esculenta (see flag)
  • Oudemansiella australis
  • Russula cerolens (see flag)
  • Russula rhodocephala (see flag)
  • Russula rosacea (see flag)
  • Russula sanguinea (see flag)
  • Russula virescens (see flag)
  • Russula xerampelina (see flag)
  • Sarcoscypha austriaca & S. coccinea (see flag)
  • Stereum ostrea (see flag)
  • Stereum versicolor (see flag)
  • Trametes coccinea (see flag)
  • Trametes elegans (see flag)
  • Tylopilus formosus
  • Thelephora terrestris
  • Lichenized fungi
    • Chrysothrix candelaris
    • Cladia
    • Flavoparmelia caperata
    • Lepraria finkii
    • Phlyctis argena
    • Rhizocarpon geographicum
    • Usnea longissima


  • Rhizostoma octopus


  • Heliaster kubiniji
  • Leptasterias spp.
  • Pycnopodia helianthoides


  • Acari (mites & ticks)
    • Trombidium
  • Araneae (spiders)
    • Argiope keyserlingi
    • Cheiracanthium mildei
    • Eratigena duellica
    • Heteropoda jugulans
    • Hogna carolinensis (see flag)
    • Holocnemus pluchei
    • Metaltella simoni (see flag)
    • Oecobius navus
    • Pholcus phalangoides
    • Rabidosa rabida
    • Scotophaeus blackwalli
    • Maintenance mode Steatoda capensis (see flag)
    • Tigrosa (see flag)


  • Chilopoda (centipedes)
    • Lithobius forficatus
    • Scutigera coleoptrata
  • Diplopoda (millipedes)
    • Asiomorpha coarctata
    • Anadenobolus monilicornis
    • Harpaphe haydeniana
    • Ommatoiulus moreleti
    • Oxidus gracilis
    • Narceus americanus and N. annularis (see flag)


  • Coleoptera (beetles)
    • Curculio glandium
    • Meloe violaceus
    • Eleodes acuticauda
  • Diptera (flies)
  • Ephemeroptera (mayflies)
  • Hemiptera (buggos)
    • Aquarius remigis (see flag)
    • Graphocephala coccinea
    • Lygaeus equestris
    • Maintenance mode Lygaeus turcicus
    • Murgantia histrionica
    • Pangaeus bilineatus
    • Sehirus cinctus
    • Spilostethus pandurus
    • Tropidothorax
  • Hymenoptera (wasps, ants, bees, sawflies)
    • Apis cerana
    • Apis mellifera
    • Augochlora pura
    • Augochlorini (and species thereof)
    • Bombus (and species thereof)
    • Bombus bimaculatus
    • Bombus impatiens
    • Bombus rufocinctus
    • Bombus ternarius
    • Bombus terrestris
    • Bombus vagans
    • Agapostemon (and species thereof)
    • Agapostemon virescens
    • Camponotus castaneus
    • Camponotus pennsylvanicus
    • Ceratina
    • Ceratina calcarata
    • Ceratina dupla
    • Crematogaster peringueyi
    • Delta (and species thereof)
    • Delta esuriens
    • Delta pyriforme
    • Dialictus (and species thereof)
    • Halictus ligatus
    • Hylaeus (and species thereof)
    • Subgenus Hylaeus
    • Lasioglossum (and species thereof)
    • Monomorium minimum
    • Myzinum quinquecinctum (see flag)
    • Pepsis
    • Pison
    • Tachysphex
    • Tachytes (species thereof)
    • Xylocopa (and species thereof)
    • Xylocopa californica
    • Xylocopa violacea
    • Xylocopa virginica
  • Lepidoptera (butterflies & moths)
    • Desmia funeralis (see flag)
    • Leucoma salicis
    • Mycalesis junonia
    • Plodia interpunctella
    • Sphinx chersis
    • Maintenance mode Liothula omnivora (see flag)
  • Mecoptera (scorpionflies)
    • Panorpa communis
  • Neuroptera (antlions, lacewings, and allies)
    • Chrysoperla carnea
    • Chrysoperla
  • Odonata (dragonflies)
    • Anax parthenope
    • Argia cuprea
    • Brachydiplax chalybea
    • Brachythemis contaminata
    • Enallagma cyathigerum
    • Epitheca cynosura
    • Erythemis simplicicollis
    • Erythemis vesiculosa
    • Ischnura heterosticta
    • Ischnura ramburii
    • Ischnura senegalensis
    • Libellula incesta
    • Neurothemis fluctuans
    • Neurothemis ramburii
    • Neurothemis terminata
    • Orthemis ferruginea
    • Orthetrum sabina
    • Sympetrum striolatum
  • Orthoptera (grasshoppers, crickets, katydids)
    • Acheta domesticus
    • Caedicia simplex
    • Conocephalus brevipennis
    • Conocephalus strictus
    • Dichromorpha viridis
    • Gryllodes sigillatus
    • Gryllus pennsylvanicus (see flag)
    • Melanoplus femurrubrum (see flag)
    • Microcentrum rhombifolium
    • Oecanthus niveus (see flag)
  • Phasmatodea (stick and leaf insects)
    • Diapheromera
    • Pseudosermyle
  • Mantodea (mantises)
    • Mantis religiosa
  • Dermaptera (earwigs)
    • Euborellia annulipes
    • Forficula auricularia
  • Plecoptera (stoneflies)

Other arthropods


  • Arion rufus and Arion vulgaris
  • Ariolimax columbianus and A.buttoni
  • Cepaea nemoralis and C. hortensis (see flag)
  • Succinea putris (see flag)


  • Lumbricus spp. including Lumbricus terrestris


  • Bos taurus (see flag)
  • Hipposideros (and species thereof)
  • Rhinolophus (and species thereof)

Rather than discuss things like tips for identification for each species here, create a flag or journal post and use the comments section. You can link to that after the entry here. For example, see this flag on Malus fusca.

Ok, I want to add something to this list

Did you read the important notes at the top first? ;)


Can I just open this part for discussion ? Just because I or other users are allocating time to continually cleaning up certain taxa, and they don’t meet the 100 misidentifications, is there a good reason not to highlight them?

The point is I really don’t want to have to keep doing it, but because I have been doing so, it will not be discoverable here following these guidelines.


I think that’d be covered by the clause:


Great idea, thanks for setting this up!

Spiders: Steatoda capensis (Brown House Spider)
Diptera: Holorusia hespera (Giant Crane Fly) - many correctly identified, but many are not.

thanks for making this!

greenhouse millipede - oxidus gracilis
bumblebee millipede - anadenobolus monilicornis

Ceratodon purpureus…autoID identifies basically all acrocarpous mosses as this.

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Guys I think the idea is to list them in the first post, so everything is consolidated.


oops ive never used a wiki before i didnt realize i could do that (and i totally missed where it said that in the original post… i have adhd ok)

so i added my stuff and the stuff that was posted before mine… didnt add flag links though

There’s a lot of problems between Cepaea nemoralis and Cepaea hortensis for the computer vision. Here’s a journal post about it

Oh, wait, anybody can edit this?

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I thought twice was good enough but here’s for try number three ;)


Thanks for this idea !

Most of problems encountered here come from rare / rarely seen European species that are similar (most often, closely allied) to American species yet well represented in the database : think it would be a great think if the AI could integrate location in its propositions… :

  • Pangaeus bilineatus : often proposed instead of most of uniformly dark, great-sized European Cydnidae, such as Cydnus aterrimus, and Macroscytus brunneus

  • Sehirus cinctus : only American Sehirinae, often proposed instead of European Sehirus luctuosus, Sehirus morio, and sometimes even Tritomegas sp.

  • Murgantia histrionica :often proposed instead of Eurydema sp. (ornata, dominula and ventralis, mainly.)

  • Spilostethus pandurus : weirdly appears here and there for American black/red insects : A European species, in US up to there present in MY only. Often spotted on beaches in Caribbean, so many reddish insects figured on a sandy background are misIDed this way.

  • Lygaeus turcicus is often proposed for reddish / yellowish American beetles (Longhorn Beetles, mainly, I think)

Try #4 lol

@fabienpiednoir please edit the first post in this topic rather than add suggestions as a reply


Some challenging taxa such as Lithobates clamitans (Green Frog) and L. catesbeianus (American Bullfrog) are often misIDed, but they have enough IDers that I don’t think they would be a needed addition to this post.

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Whoops, I totally just skipped to the bullet points without reading the rest of the post

Phlox proposed for Saponaria officinalis

Silly question perhaps, I have some species that could use some help, but I can’t figure out how to edit the original post… Am I just missing something that’s quite simple? Thanks!

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It might be because you are new to the forum (welcome!). You get more “abilities” the more you read and participate here. As a moderator I raised you from the most basic level up to the next one. You should see an Edit button in the bottom right of the first topic now.

Anyone else with this issue, send me a private message. Thanks!

Looks like I need my abilities bumped up as well…


  • Rhizostoma octopus

I am expecting the ‘insects’ category to grow considerably, so to establish some order I made orders :-)
Hope that’s ok