What hybrids have been reported on iNat that, with no taxon, are sitting at genus level or above? Post them below!
When observations of hybrid organisms that do not have a taxon (option) yet are posted on iNat, they sit at genus level or above and are quickly lost amongst the ocean of other observations. It’s extremely difficult to find them unless they’ve been tagged (under observation fields) or added to a project. Due to the current policy of not adding most hybrid taxa, there are thousands of observations of hybrid organisms in this position. Even when taxa for them are eventually added, it can be difficult to track down observations of such. For example, if Red-shouldered x Common Black Hawk was added, users would have to look through the 31,500 ‘Needs ID’ Accipitridae observations to find this observation of that hybrid. Flags do not work and many hybrid taxa created by a few curators a couple years ago were quickly inactivated. Regardless of one’s opinion of hybrids on iNat and iNat taxonomy, I think it would be useful to have a catalogue of the hybrids observed that do not have existing taxa and are thus sitting at genus level or above.
I’ve made a Hybrids without iNat Taxa Project to do just this. I’ve gone through many flags, observation fields, other projects, and research grade genus-level observations to track down hybrids, but it’s all looking for needles in a haystack. Here’s the running list of hybrids in the project.
What wild hybrids have you seen observations of on iNat that do not have a taxon? I’m promoting this project here as many forum users have made threads about this issue in the past, and I think many users here would know of observations that apply. All taxa are on the table, from Blue Whale × Fin Whale to hybrid sedges.