A disadvantage of iNat’s otherwise-helpful focus on cladistics is that some organisms can be very hard to resolve despite clear membership in one of a couple groups. I have the impression that it’s hard for experts to zero in on disambiguating these organisms using phylogenetic fitlers. It occured to me that a good solution was to Traditional Projects to group these, with the disadvantage that these Projects require observations be manually added. Examples:
- Microscopic Microbes
- Plant Pathogens of the Eastern US (See also metazoan and non-metazoan plant pathogens of N.America.) (Is there a global version?)
- Algae of the World
- Earth’s Lichens
- slime/molds collects things that are either slime molds or fungal molds (or maybe even algae or bacterial mats).
Are there other similar projects that might be of use, especially given current progress reducing the backlog of “unknowns”?