Many observations are simultaneously Captive & eligible for Research Grade

I thought captive observations where automatically “casual”.
This is a very small problem. Only 6 records (if I add an ID it changes to casual, so 5 now - please dont work them otherwise it wont help with debugging) out of 800k. Just reporting it because it exists: not a significant issue.

((it would be nice if casual and needs_ID/research_grade were separate streams, but that is a tired and frustrating issue here, so please no discussion about this. Although it does seem as if iNat is “wired” to manage them separately))


One has disappeared since your post.

At some point I found an observation with the opposite problem - it was casual for no obvious reason (it had one ID and meet all the Research Grade criteria). I agreed with the ID and it went from casual to RG. I’m mentioning it in case it helps find the cause.

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Here is the list in case they get fixed:

These 4 are all the same use, one vote for captive from the observer, uploaded from iPhone app.

All are casual now.

Yeah generally if a bug report is contingent on the observation not changing, it’s probably better to email it directly to


When I remove the “Southern Africa” filter I still see 181 observations with this issue. And it must not be a legacy thing because some were created as recently as today.

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Probably an indexing glitch, since it looks like the quality grade changes once you perform any action (like faving) that causes the observation to be re-indexed. We’ll take a look.


I expanded the bug report to include Needs ID observations: (currently 2,759)

These have been reindexed, I’m seeing 0 observations at I’m going to close this bug report but if anyone can provide consistent reproduction conditions for this bug, please make a new one.