On places and checklists

I wonder how checklists are formed for a certain place, especially for a newly created place.

This is also pertinent for projects that feature the automatic addition of observations, in particular for projects that allow the addition of only the introduced taxa.

One example:
This Lantana has been identified as L. horrida but this taxon is absent from the checklist of this place:

So, I would like to know if there is a possibility to add this taxon to this place.

Many thanks to those who will provide any clarification.


I am not a curator, but I do not think one needs to be a curator to edit the list. On the right side of the page at:
is a green “Add to List” button and it appears anyone can add any species. Someone correct me if I am in error!

I gather that lists in general have been problematic and this functionality is apparently not slated to see much in the way of support. Although the post relates to personal lists, I am guessing that under the hood may be some sort of common “list” object that is being used. Having read a number of a topics including the differences between ebird and iNaturalist I have come away with the impression that lists are intentionally not a focus of iNaturalist. Lists are not seen as being socially interactive, and the iNaturalist team seems to have a focus on elements that engage the community on iNaturalist in conversations about nature. Just my opinion!

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many thanks for the explanation :-)

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A couple of things, the link you posted (although it has the same problem), is not actually the checklist, it is the observed species list. The link to the checklist is at the lower left. The checklist is different in that it can have things not observed, so it may not actually be the same code base, I don’t know.

Dana is right, all users can add things to a checklist, it is not restricted to curators.

They are clearly having problems again keeping the data on these in synch, it is not just your signtings. For example I found a rare beetle in my home county the other day which was a 1st for the county. It made it to the checklist https://www.inaturalist.org/check_lists/30353-Hamilton-Check-List?q=&view=photo&taxon=119895&observed=any&threatened=any&establishment_means=any&occurrence_status=not_absent&rank=species&taxonomic_status=active

it is the Cicindela limbalis which got to the checklist, but the observation is not indicated
Here is the record
@tiwane I wonder if there is a generic refresh issue going on here?

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The first problem is that the plant in the referenced observation is not Lantana horrida. It appears to be a yellow and orange cultivar of Common Lantana. I have added the generic ID to the observation. IF I am correct, that may make the question of adding the species to any checklist moot.

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On the checklist page for your place:


Next to the Add to List link, you will see a smaller link, Add Batch. One option for this is:

Upload CSV

File should be in the following format: taxon name, description, occurrence status, establishment means. CSV should not contain a header row.
Allowed occurrence status values: present, common, uncommon, irregular, doubtful, absent
Allowed establish means values: native, endemic, introduced

Things I don’t know, having not yet used this feature:

  • Does an uploaded CSV replace the entire existing checklist, or just add to it? (hopefully the latter)
  • Will taxa that already exist in the checklist have their description, establishment means, and/or occurrence status values updated if included in the CSV?

Something that is likely true:

  • If the taxon name does not exactly match an iNat taxon name (or synonym name used only once?), it will probably fail to import, and you will need to add such taxa manually. Or maybe the upload process will query you to correct mismatches – will just have to try it and see.
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Many thanks for the precious clarifications

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