Computer vision clean-up - wiki

Help clean up computer vision errors!

Add species to this list that are frequently getting misidentified based on computer vision (CV) suggestions. 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. This topic isn’t for species that are already being well handled by the community reidentifying them. That said, if you are feeling overwhelmed, appear to be alone in the effort trying to reidentify, or just dang tired of fixing the IDs, I think it might qualify for inclusion here.

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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@jonathan142 might have more examples
  • For plants: large amount of planted (casual grade) observations that remain incorrectly identified


  • Non-vascular plants
  • Vascular plants
    • Aleurites moluccanus
    • Araucaria heterophylla (see flag)
    • Carex pedunculata (see flag)
    • Chrysolepis
    • Eucalyptus globulus (see flag)
    • *Erythrina americana (in California)
    • Hemerocallis fulva (see flag)
    • Hemerocallis lilioasphodelus (see flag)
    • Herniaria glabra
    • Iris x germanica (see flag)
    • Houstonia (see flag)
    • Lantana horrida (see flag)
    • Lasthenia
    • Malus fusca (see flag)
    • Melicytus ramiflorus (see flag) in particular, but also other Melicytus are over-id’ed
    • Metrosideros perforata (see flag)
    • Maintenance mode Microlaena avenacea (see flag)
    • Oncidium sphacelatum for anything in subtribe Oncidiinae
    • Phleum pratense (see flag)
    • Pinus ponderosa
    • Polypodium virginianum
    • Symphyotrichum patens (see flag)
    • Rosa chinensis (see flag)
    • Rosa gymnocarpa
    • Tabebuia rosea (see flag)
    • Taraxacum
    • Zamioculcas zamiifolia: often comes up instead of Zamia spp.


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


  • Amoeba
  • Brefeldia maxima
  • Lobosa


  • Humidicutis mavis
  • Oudemansiella australis
  • Porphyrellus formosus
  • Pycnoporus coccineus
  • Sarcoscypha coccinea/austriaca
  • Lichenized fungi
    • Chrysothrix candelaris
    • Flavoparmelia caperata
    • Lepraria finkii
    • Rhizocarpon geographicum


  • Rhizostoma octopus


  • Leptasterias spp.
  • Pycnopodia helianthoides and Heliaster kubiniji


  • Acari (mites & ticks)
    • Trombidium
  • Araneae (spiders)
    • Argiope keyserlingi, St Andrew’s Coss Spider - endemic to the east coast of Australia and difficult o separate from similar species
    • Hogna carolinensis, Carolina Wolf Spider (see flag)
    • Holocnemus pluchei, Marbled Cellar Spider
    • Oecobius navus, Wall Spider
    • Rabidosa rabida, Rabid Wolf Spider
    • Scotophaeus blackwalli, Mouse Spider
    • Steatoda capensis, Black Cobweb Spider (see flag)
    • Tigrosa (see flag)


  • Chilopoda (centipedes)
    • Lithobius forficatus
  • Diplopoda (millipedes)
    • Anadenobolus monilicornis
    • Ommatoiulus moreleti
    • Oxidus gracilis


  • Coleoptera (beetles)

    • Meloe violaceus
  • Diptera (flies)

  • Hemiptera (buggos)

    • Aquarius remigis (see flag)
    • Graphocephala coccinea
    • Lygaeus equestris
    • Lygaeus turcicus is often proposed for reddish / yellowish American beetles (longhorn beetles, mainly)
    • Murgantia histrionica: often proposed instead of Eurydema spp. (ornata, dominula and ventralis, mainly)
    • 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.
    • Spilostethus pandurus: weirdly appears here and there for American black/red insects. Often spotted on beaches in Caribbean, so many reddish insects figured on a sandy background are misIDed this way
  • Hymenoptera (wasps, ants, bees, etc.)

    • Camponotus castaneus: CV IDs any pale reddish-yellow ant as this
    • Camponotus pennsylvanicus: Northeastern North American species that is most commonly misIDed; in fact the CV IDs any six-legged dark insect as this sp.; also regularly confused with C. vagus (European) and C. japonicus (Asian)
    • Crematogaster peringueyi: CV IDs many dark Crematogaster as this African species, regardless of origin
    • Monomorium minimum: CV IDs almost any small, dark ant as this
    • Pepsis: CV IDs almost any of its tribe as this genus
  • Lepidoptera (butterflies & moths)

    • Desmia funeralis (see flag)
    • Plodia interpunctell
    • Spilosomina
  • 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 and Gryllodes sigillatus: both commonly suggested for any pale crickety-looking insect on a sidewalk or floor
    • Gryllus pennsylvanicus (see flag)
    • Oecanthus niveus (see flag)
    • Conocephalus brevipennis and Conocephalus strictus - usually suggested for a lot of different meadow katydids
    • Microcentrum rhombifolium and Caedicia simplex often suggested for any big leafy katydid
    • Dichromorpha viridis
    • Melanoplus femurrubrum (see flag)
  • Mantodea (mantids)

    • Mantis religiosa
  • Dermaptera (earwigs)

    • Forficula auricularia and Euborellia annulipes - often suggested for all sorts of earwigs, rove beetles, snakefly larvae, and any elongated brown/black insect
  • Neuroptera (antlions, lacewings, and allies)

    • Chrysoperla: CV IDs almost any green-colored lacewings as this genus


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


  • Lumbricus terrestris (the AI thinks all mushed up worms in any state of hamburger are Lumbricus terrestris, most need to be Oligochaeta, as clitellums, ring counts, setae arrangements, etc are needed for species IDs
  • Lumbricus spp. see above


Rather than discuss things like tips for identification for each species here, it would probably be best to create a flag and use the flags’ comments sections. See the Malus fusca example above.

Ok, I want to add something to this list

Did you read everything 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:

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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.

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

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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.

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