Published papers that use iNaturalist data - wiki 3 (2022 and 2023)

This is a third wiki for providing a user-curated list of scientific publications that use iNaturalist data, covering the years 2022 and 2023. We reached the character limit with previous wikis for the period up to 2019, and for 2020 and 2021. Having moved relevant articles to the newest wiki, it should still be possible to add any additional older publications to the first two.

Please add relevant publications, including, where possible (1) a link to the paper itself, (2) a link to the observation filter that encompasses as closely as possible what was used by the paper, and (3) contact details for the author(s) in cases where the paper is not open access. There is no need to additionally comment that you have added a paper.

Articles are organised in sections for each year, and then in alphabetical order within year.

These wikis are intended to complement the list of 3000+ papers that cite GBIF data including iNaturalist exports so papers already on that list need not be included here.

2023

Bravo, G.; Kaminsky, J.; Bagur, M.; Alonso, C.P.; RodrĂ­guez, M.; Fraysse, C.; Lovrich, G.; Bigatti, G. (2023) Roving Diver Survey as a Rapid and Cost-Effective Methodology to Register Species Richness in Sub-Antarctic Kelp Forests. Diversity, 15 , 354. https://doi.org/10.3390/d15030354

Forti, L.R. (2023) Students as citizen scientists: project-based learning through the iNaturalist platform could provide useful biodiversity data, Biodiversity, https://doi.org/10.1080/14888386.2023.2174595

Forti, L.R. & Szabo, J. K. (2023) The iNaturalist Platform as a Source of Data to Study Amphibians in Brazil. Anais da Academia Brasileira de CiĂȘncias 95(1): e20220828. DOI 10.1590/0001-3765202320220828 - available at https://www.scielo.br/j/aabc/a/4pKNrwDdDP89DTN5XWQcxxF/?lang=en

Fogel, N, Thompson F, Muñiz P, and Camilo G. (2021; available 2023)
The Prevalence and Manifestation of Wing De-melanization in the Eastern Carpenter Bee (Hymenoptera, Apidae Xylocopa virginica) Associated with Urban Areas Journal of the Kansas Entomological Society 94(4) 235-266
Project

Gaier, A.G. & Resasco J. (2023) Does adding community science observations to museum records improve distribution modeling of a rare endemic plant? Ecosphere 14:3:e4419

Gaspar, H., Castro, S. Grosso-Silva, J.M., van der Heyden, T. & Loureiro, J. (2023) Exponential outspread of Halyomorpha halys (StÄl, 1855) (Hemiptera: Pentatomidae) in Portugal. Arquivos Entomolóxicos 26: 13-18.

Grosso-Silva, J.M., Valkenburg, T., Barros, F. & van der Heyden, T. (2023) Polytoxus Spinola, 1850 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae: Saicinae), new genus for Portugal, with records of Polytoxus sanguineus (A. Costa, 1842) and Polytoxus siculus (A. Costa, 1842). Arquivos EntomolĂłxicos 26: 209-212.

Krueger, T., Robinson, A., Bourke, G. & Fleischmann, A. (2023) Small Leaves, Big Diversity: Citizen Science and Taxonomic Revision Triples Species Number in the Carnivorous Drosera microphylla Complex (D. Section Ergaleium, Droseraceae) - Biology 2023, 12(1), 141 Observation1, Observation2

Pemberton, R.W. & Escalona, E. (2023) Spread and Distribution of the Naturalized Orchid Bee Euglossa dilemma in Florida. Florida Entomologist 106(1): 59-62.

van der Heyden, T. (2023) First record of Thaumastocoris peregrinus Carpintero & Dellapé, 2006 (Heteroptera: Thaumastocoridae) from the Canary Islands (Spain). Arquivos Entomolóxicos 26: 11.

van der Heyden, T. (2023) New records of Heteroptera from the Canary Islands (Spain), I. Arquivos EntomolĂłxicos 26: 101-104.

van der Heyden, T. (2023) New records of Heteroptera from the Canary Islands (Spain), III. Arquivos EntomolĂłxicos 26: 119-120.

van der Heyden, T. (2023) New records of Heteroptera from the Canary Islands (Spain), IV. Arquivos EntomolĂłxicos 26: 183-184.

van der Heyden, T. (2023) New records of Heteroptera from the Canary Islands (Spain), V. Arquivos EntomolĂłxicos 26: 213-214.

van der Heyden, T. & Petrovan, S. (2023) New records of Heteroptera from the Canary Islands (Spain), II. Arquivos EntomolĂłxicos 26: 109-111.

2022

Antunez-Fonseca, C.A., Hofmann, E.P., Barahona, A.R., Ordonez-Mazier, D.I., Dubon, F.J., Reyes, H.D., & Townsend, J.H. (2022) New records and range expansion of Norops sagrei (Squamata: Dactyloidae) in Honduras highlight the importance of citizen science in documenting non-native species. Caldasia 44(2): 325–331.

Boevski, D. & Georgiev, D. (2022) First record of Cassida seraphina MĂ©nĂ©tries, 1836 from Bulgaria. ZooNotes, Supplement 11: 61–63. [Observation]

Braun, H. 2022. An interesting new species of Conocephalus (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae: Conocephalinae) from Argentina. Zootaxa. 5196(4):588–594
[Observations]

Callaghan CT, Mesaglio T, Ascher JS, Brooks TM, Cabras AA, Chandler M, et al. (2022) The benefits of contributing to the citizen science platform iNaturalist as an identifier. PLoS Biol 20(11): e3001843.

Carnahan, S.D., Makings, E., Morefield, J.D. (2022) First report of Lasiopogon glomerulatus for Arizona, USA, and northern and western hemispheres. Phytoneuron 2022-34: 1–7. [Observations]

Connors, M.G., et al. (+28 additional co-authors) (2022) Citizen scientists track a charismatic carnivore: Mapping the spread and impact of the South African Mantis (Miomantidae, Miomantis caffra) in Australia. Journal of Orthoptera Research 31(1): 69–82.

Davis, A. K. & Frick, B. L. (2022) Physiological evaluation of newly invasive jorƍ spiders (Trichonephila clavata) in the southeastern USA compared to their naturalized cousin, Trichonephila clavipes. Physiological Entomology: Early View.

Demetriou J., DĂ­az-Calafat J., Kalaentzis K., Kazilas C., Georgiadis C., Turrisi G.F., Koutsoukos E. (2022) The alien Black-and-yellow Mud Dauber, Sceliphron caementarium (Drury, 1773) (Hymenoptera, Sphecidae), continues its spread: new citizen-science records from Eastern Europe
and the Balkans
. Check List 18 (3): 535–543.

Egger, J.M., C.G. Velazco-MacĂ­as, and A. Huereca. (2022) Castilleja salaisolaveae (Orobanchaceae): A remarkable new species and a guide to the Castilleja species of Nuevo LeĂłn, MĂ©xico. Phytoneuron 2022-52: 1–48.

Fales, R.F. & Hewitt, S. J. (2022) [Northerly range extension for Littoraria nebulosa (Lamarck, 1822): update] December 2022 American Conchologist December 2022, Vol. 50, No. 4, Pages 34 - 36.

FaĂșndez, E. (2022) On the distribution of Arioge germainii (Signoret) and Encedonia mutica (Signoret) (Heteroptera: Coreidae). Revista de la Sociedad EntomolĂłgica Argentina 81: 70–72.

Forti, L. R., Hepp, F., de Souza, J. M., Protazio, A., & Szabo, J. K. (online early) Climate drives anuran breeding phenology in a continental perspective as revealed by citizen‐collected data. Diversity and Distributions.

Forti, L. R., Pontes, M. R., Augusto-Alves, G., Martins, A., Hepp, F., & Szabo, J. K. (2022) Data collected by citizen scientists reveal the role of climate and phylogeny on the frequency of shelter types used by frogs across the Americas. Zoology 126052.

Fritz, U. & Ihlow, F. (2022) Citizen Science, taxonomy and grass snakes: iNaturalist helps to clarify variation of coloration and pattern in Natrix natrix subspecies. Vertebrate Zoology 72: 533-549.

Garduño, F. S., Tepos RamĂ­rez, M., et al. (2022) Confirmation and new records of herpetofauna for QuerĂ©taro, Mexico through a citizen science portal. Revista Latinoamericana de Herpetologia 5(1): 142–150.

Haelewaters, D., Van Caenegem, W. & De Kesel, A. (2022) Hesperomyces harmoniae, a new name for a common ectoparasitic fungus on the invasive alien ladybird Harmonia axyridis. Sydowia 75 E-Book/S 053-074

Hart, A. G., Bosley, H., Hooper, C., Perry, J., Sellors-Moore, J., Moore, O., & Goodenough, A. E. (2023) Assessing the accuracy of free automated plant identification applications. People and Nature. Early View.

Jaiswara, R., Sreebin, S., Monaal & Robillard, T. (2022) A new species of Indigryllus (Orthoptera, Gryllidae, Eneopterinae, Xenogryllini) from Kerala, India, with first data on acoustics and natural habitat. Zootaxa. 5205(6):532–546.

Kment, P. & van der Heyden, T. (2022) Zelus renardii (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae): first records from Croatia, Montenegro, and an accidental introduction to the Czech Republic. Heteroptera Poloniae – Acta Faunistica 16: 7–14.

Lantz, C.A., Leggatt, W., Bergman, J.L., Fordyce, A., Page, C., Mesaglio, T. &Ainsworth, T.D. (2022) Will daytime community calcification reflect reef accretion on future, degraded coral reefs?. Biogeosciences 19, 891-906. [Project]

Maioglio A., Repetto, E.(2022) Nuova segnalazione di Saga pedo (Pallas, 1771) in provincia di Alessandria, Piemonte e relative osservazioni ecologiche (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae). [New observation of Saga pedo (Pallas, 1771) in province of Alessandria, Piedmont, and related ecological observations (Orthoptera: Tettigoniidae)]. Rivista Piemontese di Storia Naturale 43: 49-58. Abstract . Original observation

McMullin, R.T., and J.L. Allen. 2022. An assessment of data accuracy and best practice recommendations for observations of lichens and other taxonomically difficult taxa on iNaturalist. Botany 100(6). https://cdnsciencepub.com/doi/full/10.1139/cjb-2021-0160

Moles, AT, and ZA Xirocostas. (2022). Statistical power from the people. Nature Ecology & Evolution 6: 1802-1803.

Morefield, J.D., Neubauer, D.M., Forsell, T., Matson, S., Taylor, D.W., DeDecker, M. (2022) Working checklist of the vascular flora of the White Mountains, California and Nevada, updated 8 July 2022. https://doi.org/10.13140/RG.2.2.30206.87361.

NoĂ«l F, Gregory SJ & Agapakis G (2022) Armadillidium arcangelii Strouhal, 1929 (Isopoda: Oniscidea): a step towards the conquest of Europe? Bulletin of the British Myriapod & Isopod Group 34: 72–82.

Parys KA, Davis KA, James ST, Davis JB, Tyler H, Griswold T (2022) First report of a gynandromorph of Florilegus condignus (Cresson, 1878) (Hymenoptera, Apidae), with notes on phenology and abundance. Journal of Hymenoptera Research 89: 233-244. https://doi.org/10.3897/jhr.89.75857

PolaĆĄek O, Bellingan T, van Noort S (2022) ï»żA new species of paper wasp from the genus Ropalidia GuĂ©rin-MĂ©neville from South Africa (Hymenoptera, Vespidae). Journal of Hymenoptera Research 90: 213–222. https://jhr.pensoft.net/article/81581/
[original observation]

Querner P, Szucsich N, Landsberger B, Erlacher S, Trebicki L, Grabowski M, Brimblecombe P (2022) Identification and Spread of the Ghost Silverfish (Ctenolepisma calvum) among Museums and Homes in Europe. Insects 13(9): 855

Rabanal FE, Correa C, Gargiulo M. (2022) End to uncertainty. Distribution extension of Alsodes valdiviensis Formas, Cuevas & Brieva, 2002 (Anura: Alsodidae) towards southern Chile confirms the presence of the genus on the island of ChiloĂ©. Revista Latinoamericana de Herpetologia 5(2): 54–64. [Observation.]

Roberts, C. J., Vergés, A., Callaghan, C. T., Poore, A. G. B. (2022) Many cameras make light work: opportunistic photographs of rare species in iNaturalist complement structured surveys of reef fish to better understand species richness. Biodivers Conserv (2022).

Rosa, R.M., Cavallari, D.C. & Salvador, R.B. (2022) iNaturalist as a tool in the study of tropical molluscs. PLoS ONE 17: e0268048.

Rosa, R.M., Salvador, R.B., Teixeira, L., Bornschein, M.R. & Cavallari, D.C. (2022) The rapid expansion of the Jumping Snail Ovachlamys fulgens in Brazil. Diversity 14(10): 815.

Saldivar, J.A., Romero, A.N. & Rankin, E.E.W. (2022) Community science reveals high diversity of nectaring plants visited by Painted Lady butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in California sage scrub. Environmental Entomology nvac073.

Sexton, C. (2022) Common moth, “rare” larva: The Spotted Peppergrass Moth, Eustixia pupula HĂŒbner 1823 (Lepidoptera: Crambidae). Southern Lepidopterists’ News 44(2):211-213. [Related observations.] [Related iNat journal post.]

Smith, G.B., Mitchell, A. and Mesaglio, T. (2022) Two new Australian silverfish (Zygentoma: Lepismatidae: Ctenolepismatinae and Nicoletiidae: Subnicoletiinae). Records of the Australian Museum, 74(2), 59–74. [Observation]

Szentivanyi, T. & Vincze, O. (2022) Tracking wildlife diseases using community science: an example through toad myiasis. European Journal of Wildlife Research 68:74

Tran, Theodore T., et al. (2022) Predicted threats to a native squirrel from two invading species based on citizen science data. Biol Invasions (2022).

Valkenburg T., Grosso-Silva JM. (2022). First record of the soft-winged flower beetle Protapalochrus flavolimbatus (Mulsant & Rey, 1853) (Coleoptera: Melyridae: Malachiinae) from Portugal. Arquivos Entomolóxicos 25: 367–370. Original observation

van der Heyden, T. (2022) Confirmation of the presence of Zelus renardii Kolenati, 1857 (Hemiptera: Reduviidae) on the Canary Islands (Spain). Arquivos EntomolĂłxicos 25: 51.

van der Heyden, T. (2022) First record of Sastrapada baerensprungi (StĂ„l, 1859) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Stenopodainae) in Croatia. Journal of the Heteroptera of Turkey 4(1): 56–57.

van der Heyden, T. (2022) Stenolemus novaki HorvĂĄth, 1888 (Hemiptera Reduviidae) in the autonomous communities of Andalusia and Madrid (Spain). Arquivos EntomolĂłxicos 25: 177-178.

van der Heyden, T. (2022) First record of Anisoscelis podalicus (BRAILOVSKY & MAYORGA, 1995) (Heteroptera: Coreidae: Coreinae: Anisoscelini) in Nicaragua. Revista NicaragĂŒense de EntomologĂ­a 282: 1-8.

van der Heyden, T. (2022) Ein Fund von Stephanitis takeyai DRAKE & MAA, 1955 (Heteroptera: Tingidae) in Schleswig-Holstein. Heteropteron 67: 16.

van der Heyden, T. (2022) First record of Leptoglossus talamancanus Brailovsky & Barrera, 1998 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Coreidae) for Honduras. BoletĂ­n del Museo Nacional de Historia Natural del Paraguay 26(2): 123-124.

van der Heyden, T. (2022) First records of Sphedanolestes pulchellus (Klug, 1830) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae) in Morocco. Journal of the Heteroptera of Turkey 4(2): 129–131.

van der Heyden, T. (2022) First record of Zelus renardii Kolenati, 1857 (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Reduviidae: Harpactorinae) in Bulgaria. Journal of the Heteroptera of Turkey 4(2): 139–140.

van der Heyden, T. & Lupoli, R. (2022) First record of Nemausus sordidatus (StÄl, 1858) (Hemiptera: Heteroptera: Alydidae) from Madeira (Portugal). Arquivos Entomolóxicos 25: 331-332.

van der Heyden, T. (2022) First record of Nariscus spinosus (Burmeister, 1835) (Heteroptera: Alydidae) from Fuerteventura (Canary Islands, Spain). Arquivos EntomolĂłxicos 25: 371-372.

White, E.L., M. D. Schlesinger, and T.G. Howard. 2022. The Empire State Native Pollinator Survey(2017-2021). New York Natural Heritage Program, Albany, NY.

Wolf, S., Mahecha, M. D., Sabatini, F. M., Wirth, C., Bruelheide, B., Kattge, J., Moreno Martınez, A., Mora, K. & Kattenborn, T. (2022). Citizen science plant observations encode global trait patterns. Nature Ecology & Evolution.

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Here two more papers:

Forti, L. R., Hepp, F., de Souza, J. M., Protazio, A., & Szabo, J. K. (2022). Climate drives anuran breeding phenology in a continental perspective as revealed by citizen‐collected data. *Diversity and Distributions.

Forti, L. R., Pontes, M. R., Augusto-Alves, G., Martins, A., Hepp, F., & Szabo, J. K. (2022). Data collected by citizen scientists reveal the role of climate and phylogeny on the frequency of shelter types used by frogs across the Americas. Zoology , 126052.

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Amazing, congratulations on the papers, Lucas! I’ve added them to the wiki above. Note that you can add and edit yourself too by clicking on the edit icon below the wiki post.

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Okay, I’ll show my stupidity here, I’m not shy. :wink:. I knew that some of my photos get the research grade and have no problem with others using them if they allow where/who it came from but I never thought anyone that is actually a scientist or professional in whatever area actually does see them and decide to use them. Interesting. If mine are ever used, which how would I ever know, I’ll be proud to have been a part of something useful and knowledgeable.

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You use a strict license, if you choose a more opened one your observations will be translated to GBIF, where most scientists are looking at data, with all rights reserved observations they can’t use it.

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Thank you, Ben! The idea to treck these papers is very useful. Congrats!

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No worries, Lucas, it’s great to see observations being used in this way!

Another paper just out by @rafaelmrosa @danielcavallari @sacred_ibis and others, and added to the wiki, which uses verified iNaturalist observations (green on the map below) as well as other sources to map the spread of a recent invader.

Rosa, R.M., Salvador, R.B., Teixeira, L., Bornschein, M.R. & Cavallari, D.C. (2022) The rapid expansion of the Jumping Snail Ovachlamys fulgens in Brazil. Diversity 14(10): 815.

diversity-14-00815-g002-550

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Not exactly sure how to do this. Here is a reference to an article from Phys.org that references using and the value of iNaturalist data.

https://phys.org/news/2022-10-ways-california-ladies-food-sources.html?fbclid=IwAR0mHglL4cadteumiFNw3EmV9laRK0z5Kg36sNbBFgi5nZ7jowoeP8fhi6o

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Great, thanks! Added to the wiki above:

Saldivar, J.A., Romero, A.N. & Rankin, E.E.W. (2022) Community science reveals high diversity of nectaring plants visited by Painted Lady butterflies (Lepidoptera: Nymphalidae) in California sage scrub. Environmental Entomology nvac073.

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New paper added - worth checking out! Here’s a German summary.

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The benefits of contributing to the citizen science platform iNaturalist as an identifier

Link to the paper

Callaghan CT, Mesaglio T, Ascher JS, Brooks TM, Cabras AA, Chandler M, et al. (2022) The benefits of contributing to the citizen science platform iNaturalist as an identifier. PLoS Biol 20(11): e3001843. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pbio.3001843

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Here’s one: https://www.phytoneuron.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/11/52PhytoN-Castillejasalaisolaveae.pdf

Egger, J.M., C.G. Velazco-MacĂ­as, and A. Huereca. 2022.
Castilleja salaisolaveae (Orobanchaceae): A remarkable new species and a guide to the Castilleja species of Nuevo LeĂłn, MĂ©xico. Phytoneuron 2022-52: 1–48. Published 1 November 2022 ISSN 2153 733X

Here’s another new one!

Szentivanyi, T. & Vincze, O. (2022) Tracking wildlife diseases using community science: an example through toad myiasis. European Journal of Wildlife Research 68:74

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@ram_k @sedgequeen @Alexey_Katz thanks, I added these three to the main wiki list. Note that you can always do this yourself with a wiki post. Just go to the main (first) post, scroll to the bottom of that post, and look for the Edit button at lower right.

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Thanks! I didn’t know that.

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Vinogradov GM (2020). January flowers // Chemistry and Life - XXI century. 2: 42‑43. [In Russian]. (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/347520612_Anvarskie_cvety_Himia_i_zizn_-_XXI_vek_No_2_S_42-43)

Vinogradov GM, Mazurova ME (2021). About breeding of Arctic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus) and Barnacle Goose (Brantaleucopsis) in the Kandalaksha Bay of the White Sea // Ornitologiya [Moscow]. 45: 63–67. [In Russian]. (https://www.researchgate.net/publication/357364096_O_gnezdovanii_korotkohvostogo_pomornika_i_belosekoj_kazarki_v_Kandalaksskom_zalive_Belogo_mora_About_breeding_of_Arctic_Jaeger_Stercorarius_parasiticus_and_Barnacle_Goose_Branta_leucopsis_in_the_Kanda)

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Farquhar, J. E., Pili, A., & Russell, W. (2022). Using crowdsourced photographic records to explore geographical variation in colour polymorphism of an Australian varanid. Journal of Biogeography, 00, 1–13. https://doi.org/10.1111/jbi.14500

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Leaving a comment with this one:
Hart, A. G., Bosley, H., Hooper, C., Perry, J., Sellors-Moore, J., Moore, O., & Goodenough, A. E. (2023) Assessing the accuracy of free automated plant identification applications. People and Nature. Early View.
that I added to the wiki.
It’s a paper assessing the accuracy of the CV suggestions for plants and also comparing iNat to other ML models that are out there.
Short result: For many taxa, iNat (and other models) are quite good (>90%). But I think it’s important to note that many of the taxa used were more common ones that we’d expect these models to perform better on.

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Also seems they used Seek and not iNat itself - my understanding is that Seek uses some kind of limited offline version of the CV so the actual iNat app could have been quite a bit better still.

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Yes, and the Seek model is not updated as frequently as the iNat model. This might actually be a feature for a research paper as the lack of change in the Seek app makes it more reproducible. Seek is also a bit more similar in functionality to the other apps that they used (I think).

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