Posting species that can’t be photographed in the wild

Thanks. I’ve gone in and updated the ID back to the species as ID’d by the OP. The OP is my husband, who has only posted a few things here, at my encouragement, but he is the primary freshwater oligochaete specialist working in the US. It did have the time and location in the original posting, as we always take gps coordinates at all the collecting sites. I’ll see if it works better this time.

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But if you are drawing through a hand lens, you may not be able to photograph through a hand lens.

You actually can and people do that.

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Yup, just do this. Observations record encounters with organisms, so you’re recording your encounter at the collection site, and adding evidence of the organism to the observation. It’s totally fine.

To be clear, it’s not possible to label an observation - iNaturalist labels observations depending on whether or not it meets certain requirements, more info here. If you post a sketch or drawing, it’s an image file, and iNaturalist considers the existence of that file as evidence, so the observation won’t be marked casual as long as it has an accurate date, location, and it’s of a wild organism. The way to deal with a drawing, IMO, is via your ID (to what taxonomic level does the drawing allow you to identify?) and possibly the “Based on the evidence…” part of the Data Quality Assessment.

Note your husband can reject the community ID in situations like this, although I would first try to engage with anyone who’s added a more coarse ID, as has been mentioned. This option can be controversial, and please don’t turn this conversation into one about the pros and cons of community ID rejection, it’s been discussed elsewhere on the forum, I’m just saying it’s an option. IMO this is a good use case for it, as he’s an expert in a very narrow field.

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