How can I register a new species?

Hello everyone ,
I am asking the process and how to register a new insect species , thats because I am sure that I’ve found a new variant of the coreidae.

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normally, i would have assumed that when you said “new”, you meant “new to iNaturalist”, but you put this discussion under Nature Talk. so maybe you actually mean “new to science”. would you clarify what you mean by “new”?

welcome to the community.


If the species is new to science and undescribed, then you can determine it to family or genus only in iNat.

If the species is new to science and has a published description, then you can flag the genus and ask a curator to add the species to the database.

If the species has a published description but is not represented in iNat until now: Use the search function and select “Taxa”. Double check spelling and search in the databases (Catalog of Life and Encyclpedia of Life). In case the database search comes up with nothing, follow the advice on the right hand site. Picture shows the search function, with “Taxa” selected and where the database search can be found. (No results found, as spelling is off ;D).


i think they mean new to science. i wouldnt really know what goes into that despite having found an undescribed insect. id suggest contacting an expert about it and see what they have to say. with me i was contacted and so i sent some specimens over and the next phase apparently might be like two years from now