Show family next to taxon name

Platform(s), such as mobile, website, API, other:
web, mobile

URLs (aka web addresses) of any pages, if relevant: (for example)

Description of need:
When learning to ID plants (and probably fungi and other kingdoms), one learns family traits quite a lot. There’s a great opportunity to reinforce these trait<->family relationships every time I look at an observation, mine or someone else’s. Indeed, in most botanical keys, floras, checklists, and personal plant lists, family is either a key organizing principle or written down with the observation: “Plagiobothrys nothofulvus (Boraginaceae)”, for example.

Feature request details:
I imagine this feature would be a setting related to other content display settings. For example, an additional setting on the “Scientific Name (Common Name)” drop down. Or perhaps “Family” could be treated as a special kind of “Common Name” using the new “multiple common name lexicons” feature.

I click What’s This? at CID.
But that is only offered after the second ID is added.

I agree this should definitely be implemented it would be helpful even for animals.


This feels like a pointless addition to me. Just go the taxon page and see if you’re interested.

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On common-name view it does sometimes kind of already do this if the suggestion doesn’t have a common name:

It’s inconsistent though - that genus shows as a member of a tribe, but this Erodium without a common name shows as a member of a family (it doesn’t have subfamilies or tribes defined):


If you are a taxon specialist in your niche - pointless.

If you ID for a chosen location, Unknowns, the family is useful info. For homonyms it might help if we had more info than a few pixels in a teensy taxon thumbnail (some are what even IS that?!)

Two more words on the screen - Family Asteraceae. We have a weekly list for our Fynbos Rambles and I asked to have the family added - when you see a new plant for the first time - who is your family? - is a huge part of the learning curve for the next time you see That one

Sometimes iNat shows the family. Other times it doesn’t.


Latest example - for the non-taxon specialists it would be interesting to see that this family has only that one genus. It is a missing piece of useful information.

This would also be helpful for pointing out ID mistakes made as a result of a plant and an animal sharing the same name.


I would find this most helpful in the ID suggestions. Sometimes I am given a suggested genus with all or the majority of the other suggested IDs from other genera. Are all or most of these suggestions in a common family? I’d rather ID at that level if I’m unsure. In those cases I have to open up the taxon page for each suggestion to try to deduce how they are related.