Create iconic taxa for bacteria, archaea, and viruses

Any chance we could get an icon and map marker color for prokaryotes? Right now it’s still a question mark/gray/unknown…

https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/21597919

Yes, and one for Bacteria, and one for Viruses. Thanks.

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Anyone have suggestions for colors?

Looks like the only colors not already spoken for are orange, yellow, and black. Yellow would probably have some visibility issues. Maybe also a darker blue (than vertebrates), or a lighter pink (than Fungi).

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There are lots of intermediate or mixed colors, not all of which have common names, but any of which might work as long as the color shade is not easily confused with another major taxon.

Whatever works is fine with me. Even various shades of brown, purple-ish brown, Yellowish-brown, beige and so on. Various grays would also be OK, silvery grey, yellowish grey, lilac-grey…

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I agree. It is confusing to have both unknown and grafted taxa labeled as gray. Yellow would probably have visibility issues as @jdmore mentioned, but I like the idea of a lilac.

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This would also make it much easier to go through Unknowns. Right now I avoid older Unknowns because the chances of its being something in these categories skyrockets as you go back in time.
I can recognize a few of the more known/charismatic groups like Stentors or Tardigrades but it mostly feels like a waste of time for me to look over those observations.

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Linking the affiliated bug report for future reference:
https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/non-iconic-taxa-appear-under-unidentified-unknown-observations/702/3

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Several iconic taxa already share a colour. (All the vertebrates are the same blue, all the inverts are the same orange). Why not make bacteria, archaea, and viruses share the same purple that the protozoans have?

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I also decided to mess around in gimp to see if I could see what colours are ‘leftover’. The blacked out areas are what’s already covered by existing iconic taxon colours. It would seem that we’ve still got a lot of space left in the yellow-green-blue area, as well as a dark turquoise option or maybe something between blue and purple. The reddish colours seem to be mostly taken, though.

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Have you tried adding &identified=false to your search string? That should return only observations with no IDs.

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Maybe they don’t want to exclude ones identified as “Life”?