How to find a list of "unidentified/unknown" observations?

How do I find a list of unidentified/unknown species? I have hit just about every everything and I can’t even get the ID tab/filters/random suggested above. I think I need a user manual for iNaturalist! Very steep learning curve for me trying to figure out this site works :-(


A housekeeping note that I split this off from

If I’m interpreting your question correctly, you want to find observations that don’t have any identification added yet?

First step would be to go to the Identify page, which is linked in the main site header:

Then click “Filters” and select the icon with a question mark, for “Unknown”* observations, or observations that don’t yet have an ID:
This will bring you to

From there, you can refine the location to your area of interest by typing in a Place:

Here are a few links that might be of interest:

*A quirk of how these “iconic taxon” categories work on iNat is that some groups, like viruses or bacteria, will appear in this search. There are ways to exclude these groups by editing the URL.


It’s one of the links at the top of the page, labelled “Identify”.

It can be daunting learning to find your way around iNat. Plenty of helpful people here in the forums though, so do a quick search here to see if it has been asked before, but otherwise feel free to reach out. There may be others that would learn from it, too!


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