Leading the leaderboard of certain species

So I recently discovered I was top observer on a few species leaderboards, some species I top obseved with as little as 2 observations… So I am now curious to know exactly how many species leaderboards I am top observer, problem is I have 1800 odd species and it would be too time consuming to patiently click on each species to check… So I was wondering if there is a way to search that kind of thing on iNat?


With my macro lens ive also captured several species that have either never been recording anywhere near me. Slightly different but on the same note, it would also be cool to be able to check species where your obs are the only ones in a certain area!


I went on a species-specific (Northern Starflower) spree once as I was keeping track on a nearby shady hill with thousands of them. On the day they all bloomed, I took photos of about 350 of them, bringing me to #2 (at the time) for the species.


Not an answer, I don’t know how to do that search.
For a while I’ve been the top observer and identifier for Bombus auricomus.
https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/198856-Bombus-auricomus And in about 50 more ID’s, I’ll have that for Bombus fervidus as well https://www.inaturalist.org/observations?place_id=any&subview=map&taxon_id=52774&view=identifiers

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This isn’t exactly the same but it’s similar.


Hi @robot
Do you remember or have access to the URL that would help people find species they havent ID’d that are found in the area to be able to look for “underobserved” local species?


I know I’m the top identifier for a handful of species, but I don’t know how to check which ones without going through individually, and I don’t really have much interest in the leaderboard in any event.

I kind of feel like the leaderboard gamifies things too much and is best not used as a result.


I’ve counted that I am top observer in 78 of my first 120 species, by opening each species individually… I’m also not too concerned with the leaderboard, but after noticing I had a top spot, it has got me wondering how many top spots I have (not that it means anything actually, it’s just a personal statistic that I found interesting)

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And I bet I climbed up the leaderboard for IDs of Northern Starflower when I confirmed most of those! I do love watching a good obsession in progress, I must say.


I don’t think I understand the question, so prob not!

Yes: modify this url with your username instead of rowan_m and change the place to whatever it is you want.

For species you haven’t identified:

For species you haven’t observed:


Yes, wonderful user elias105 has done this:just copy the link below and replace elias105 with your username


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As far as I know, there is no direct way to search but you can narrow down likely candidate species by comparing your observation count with the total. The easiest way to get those numbers might be this URL (replace my username with yours):

What I’ve done in the past is copied the data into a spreadsheet and added a column calculating the percentage of my observations in relation to the total and then sorted by that number. The higher the percentage, the more likely that you may have the top observer spot.

The same method can be applied on your identifications via this URL (again, replace my user name with yours):

I have those URLs saved from some old threads so I’m not sure when they were first posted, but I think they were provided by @pisum ?

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Totally agree. Thanks for getting all those to RG :)


This may need a few resources. I guess can explore iNat’s system. Can look up POWO for information on plant species. I use wikipedia sometimes. and local universities may have articles or websites with a listing of species under a genus.
In iNat’s system, species without pictures are represented by a generic image, such as a black and white bee logo for an insect. This insect is known to science, just no picture yet. The scientific name is displayed.
In iNat, some organisms in pictures are not actively identified yet. It may be in a broader classification. The broadest level is at “Unknown”, but ofcourse we usually don’t search in that category. I’ve been looking for certain species of grasshoppers under “Grasshoppers”. It is interesting that I may spot a few specimens in " Grasshoppers, crickets and Katydids" category. Then I go to the genus level, and also the species itself to pick out some not correctly identified species. There is a possibility that the species are actually observed, but not identified or not placed in its rightful location. There is also a possibility that certain species have not been seen for a while by people. and those are very challenging. Some species without picture are with species descriptions from the 19th century, and I can’t understand certain european languages, like dutch or french or latin. Some organisms are unidentified due to some ambiguity in the descriptions.

That - for taxon specialists - is why I will pick Orthoptera from Unknowns. If the pictures deserve @mentioning for help, I will. If the notes / placeholder include a missing species, I will flag for curation. Identifiers make a team.

(And when that added missing species puts me on top of a tiny leaderboard, I will withdraw once the observer or a taxon specialist adds the ‘second supporting’ ID) I need someone else to take it to RG.

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Found it! https://forum.inaturalist.org/t/a-tool-to-help-you-fill-local-data-gaps-easily-missed/37575


Thanks, this was the closest to solving my question… Much appreciated

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Thanks was the best answer to my question so far… Much appreciated

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