Identification projects

@kitbeard adding one of my observations to the slime/molds project to attempt to get it identified. There are a number of categories where a project aimed at identifying things would be useful but I’ve had trouble finding them when I want them.

This could be useful anytime the best id that I could make was something high level (life, flowering plants) but I know that there is likely to be a small number of species in that category that it could be.

Some things this might be useful for:

Pot plants
Garden plants
Seashore life

I expect there are more.

Is there a list of these kind of projects somewhere?

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Not really, and you can’t search by taxon yet.

Some of my go-to projects for getting eyes on a lot of unknowns are (where applicable)

Locally to me:

  • Edward’s Plateau Naturalist
  • Anything ending in “of Texas” (Plants of Texas, Mammals of Texas, Bees and Wasps of Texas, etc).

P.S. I’ll update this post with links later.


These projects tend to have active communities of people following them. Another great one is North America Animal Tracks.


It all depends on what you need to be identified and where. We have

Funga of Russia NoID

Some other projects, not mentioned before are:


Yeah, I use that one too! It’s great. :smile:

I was trying to avoid listing all my many North American, US and Texas projects and mostly post the worldwide ones that are kind of broad (eg, not Stinkbugs of the World, Global Bat Watch, or GeckoWatch, but projects for the “what is that?!” observations, because that’s how I read the initial post).

Of course, that may have been an overly narrow interpretation, and there’s a lot more excellent projects that I have joined just to get IDs on the observations of others:

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I forgot about Found Feathers!
featherenthusiast and karakaxa are amazing.


You can also find projects by going the “top identifiers” list for a particular taxon, clicking on the profiles of some of the top names, and then viewing what projects they have joined or administer.

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As a random side note, there is an amusing semantic difference between the two sides of the pond with respect to plants that live in pots. In the US, they are known as potted plants (in the UK, things that are potted are typically known in the US as canned). In the UK, such plants are called pot plants, which in the US refers to marijuana plants.

Two countries, divided by a common language :smile:


Skulls and Bones is for global skeletal remains, and I believe at least New Zealand and South Africa have region specific projects for skeletal remains.

Bird Tracks and Signs is a global tracking project dedicated to evidence of birds, including pellets, eggs, nests, tracks, signs of feeding, bird calls and more. Feathers and bones are welcomed here, but I’d recommend adding them not only to that project but feathers to Found Feathers and skeletal remains to Skulls and Bones as well.

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Maybe I should have used “house plants”. It hadn’t occurred to me that also means marijuana plants. I’ve heard potted plants used occasionally.

P.S. Potted usually refers to fish or meat in a small jar. Most Brits “tinned” for something in a metal tin (can).

(I was reminded of this thread as I just saw a cultivated orchid and wondered if there was a suitable project)


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