I know some plant hybrids are saved in iNat’s data base, however, as far as I know there’s nothing similar for animal. So what does everyone do if they do or ever did come across a hybrid out in the wild? I know they aren’t as common in nature as plant hybrids but they certainly exist.
Today I came across what I’m almost certain (and everyone else I’ve tried running it by) is an example of a natural hybrid between the Green Sunfish ( Lepomis cyanellus) and the Pumpkinseed (Lepomis gibbosus). I had no way of properly labeling it so I just left it at the genus and left a note in the description about it.
I know it’s a hard to implement hybrids into iNaturalist because honestly with many examples it’s likely impossible to 100% identify a hybrid without a genetic test and really you end up with people guessing. At the same time though I think it’s important to identify hybrids in a system like this because if you continue to see a pattern of hybrids being found in a certain area that may be telling us something important about the species involved in that cross in that area.