iNaturalist Updates for August 2021

Here’s a list of iNat updates for August 2021. Big thanks to @forum_moderators for tracking these!


  • Changes to limits on taxonomy editing (see main topic)
  • Major behind-the-scenes software upgrade
  • Stop informing user when email doesn’t exist for password reset for security purposes
  • Continued work on API v2
  • Many additional translations throughout the websites and apps - you can help


  • Users can now flag a place for curation
  • Observations of taxon descendants now reindexed when the parent taxon changes
  • Now less confusing for curators to create species complexes (see bug report)


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  • Improvements to computer vision suggestions
  • Accessibility support/improvements
  • Better date/time imports from HEIF images
  • Crash fixes for older Android versions



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  • August Challenge released
  • Added Greek language support
  • When posting to iNaturalist, Seek now checks whether the taxon is inactive and either rolls it up to the nearest common ancestor or replaces the taxon with a single swapped taxon
  • Bug fixes

iNat Blog

For even more bug fixes and updates, check out iNaturalist on github and see previous monthly updates.


I’d be curious to learn about the behind the scenes software upgrade if there is a commit or changelog to read somewhere.


iNaturalist is an open code project, you can always see what’s going with the code over at its GitHub repositories. i believe the “behind-the-scenes upgrade” was related to a switch to Ruby on Rails 5.0:


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