Random ID Suggestions

Platform (Android, iOS, Website): iOS

App version number, if a mobile app issue (shown under Settings or About): 3.2.6, build 670, iOS 15.6.1

Browser, if a website issue (Firefox, Chrome, etc) : -

URLs (aka web addresses) of any relevant observations or pages: -

Screenshots of what you are seeing (instructions for taking a screenshot on computers and mobile devices: https://www.take-a-screenshot.org/):

Description of problem (please provide a set of steps we can use to replicate the issue, and make as many as you need.):

Step 1: it shows very different taxa, not even close

Step 2: This Tetrathemis hyalina for example

Step 3: Showing skunkbushes plant (Chaenostoma sp.)

For that one - I would add an ID of Odonata.
Then, ask the CV to prompt me further.

The CV suggestions can be odd if you are set to Seen Nearby, CV does the best it can with what has been observed locally.
You can also toggle to Visually Similar, but then check twice on Distribution Maps.


I wonder why you have a map of Africa tho. Did you accidentally set the location to Africa on the screen?

No, I didn’t. It automatically showed that map.

For me with no date and location it also shows weird suggestions:

Chaenostoma is one of our plants, so of the 3 of us, I would expect iNat to offer it to me, if at all. But it didn’t.
Polycarena is also ours

It’s been fixed. Now makes sense.

Since 15.12.2022 completely random suggestions on PC platform also in Austria

I am having the same problem with random Taxa ID suggestions. I am getting ready to upload some observations of various birds. I get suggestions for plants and not one bird in the list. I am using the website on a computer with Chrome. I am located in the eastern part of the United States.
Suggestions worked fine yesterday when I was uploading some observations of insects and plants.

Could you show an example? In some angles cv always suggest weird things, e.g. for this https://www.inaturalist.org/observations/144228893 photo all suggestions were of Xylocopa bees.


Maybe not such off suggestios, but crabs for a spider, followed by spiders that don’t look like it:

Marina, this is part of the same issue I posted about! The app is acting crazy! It’s not usable until it’s fixed.


@joseph_judy and others can you try again now to see if the suggestions are more reasonable? We found and fixed an issue.

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Suggestions for me are now working as expected.

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Fortunately the ID suggestions do work smoothly again. By coincidence the verification of the e-mail address was followed be this strange behavior.


I’ve tried a couple times with different observations and different taxa and it’s working properly now. Thank you so much, I really appreciate it.