As I write this, new observations are being assigned numbers in the neighborhood of 99955000; at the current rate of uploads based on https://www.inaturalist.org/stats, the observation number should turn over 100m sometime today (Nov 1, 2021). The actual total number of observations as reported by the stats page is about 5m behind that. Any guesses for what https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/100000000 will be?
My guess is Apis mellifera
Let it be … something never recorded before. Or technically extinct, but we found one!
Dog. (Dalmatian for tie break)
Fly unidentifiable past genus
Out of focus photo of a plant
Can you actually submit extinct species…? Say as example Thylacine? Something very obviously that “shouldn’t be” I’d have to guess this community would go nuts if a recordings confirmed real. Could see it happening to something more realistic such as a flying insect.
Haha now I’m curious if people have been disputing potential extinct species here in the past.
there have been a few cases of species considered extinct that were rediscovered, e.g., https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/35563154, https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11248883 and https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/11166925
haha the last ones names fun… “Whocares Syrupbush”
Wow… honestly it makes me grateful there is some level of a platform that’s approachable from any walks of life. And to commemorate such high numbers as well… between enthusiasts and scientists it’s truly a beautiful thing to see.
It’s never been about finding anything rare personally, but between myself and my friends that give me their own content we have already found a few more significant species. May not have the brain power to ever get a PHD of my own but I’m elated there is genuine value and worth of my time I can give for sake of sciences. The idea of making scientists in any field happy with any kind of aid genuinely makes me giddy haha.
A general cheers to the community from Austria Fantastic milestone.
I think it will be by a new user. So it won’t have the location-tagged and it will have no photo or a really blurry one.
A casual observation with no photo.
Whocares Syrupbush… :-) we need some place to collect the most entertaining common names!
An observation with 6 species across 4 images.
We have - plants extinct in the wild - Erica verticillata.
And field botanists and volunteers on a mission to find … last seen … - and they do find some again!
Not sure if or how you could harvest syrup from a Polhillia (someone having fun inventing off the wall ‘common’ names again)
We are currently up to 99979435, only 20565 to go!
I’ll show my bias here - an unidentifiable moth from NA. Mostly because of picture quality.
edit - I just deleted one of my observations, so the total is down one!
Several years ago, I suggested that iNat records show the observation number (what I would call a catalogue number) somewhere within the record itself and not just in the URL. However there wasn’t any interest in doing that. The problem is that I can’t always see the observation number in some platforms … it certainly isn’t visible when I’m using the iOS app or viewing the website on my smartphone. It’s useful for certain purposes (e.g., publishing a record) to have that number easily accessible.